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Long Live the King at Chuy's

By Virginia B. Wood, January 8, 2014, 12:20pm, On the Range

Mike Young and John Zapp opened the original Chuy's in 1982 with no decorating budget. That's how they ended up with a velvet painting of Elvis that became a focal point for the restaurant. Customers shared their own memorabilia and Elvis became the Patron Saint of Chuy's. The King's birthday has been an important event ever since.

Every year on January 8th, all the local Chuy's outlets host an annual birthday bash in honor of that patron saint. Guests are encouraged to show up in costume - fat or skinny Elvis, Patricia with a big bouffant beehive - whatever suits their fancy, in order to win free versions of such specially-priced entrees as the Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken, the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo platter, or any of their regular Chuy's favorites.

It wouldn't be a real birthday party without cake and some take-home goodies, so the restaurants will serve birthday cake (while supplies last), give away temporary Elvis-themed tattoos, and special souvenir cups, good for margaritas or Blue Hawaiians. The annual limited edition Elvis and Priscilla t-shirts will be available for purchase.

In addition to food and drink specials, cake, and party favors, each celebration will feature a performance by a local Elvis tribute artist. Check the schedule below for times and location, get dressed up, and go have some fun!

Chuy’s Barton Springs – Elvis performs 5:30-7:30 p.m.

1728 Barton Springs Rd. 512/474-4452

Chuy’s North Lamar – Elvis performs 8 - 10 p.m.

10520 North Lamar Blvd. 512/836-3218

Chuy’s 183 – Elvis performs 5 - 7 p.m.

11680 N. Research Blvd. 512/342-0011

Chuy’s Round Rock – Elvis performs 6 - 8 p.m.

2320 North IH-35 512/255-2211

Chuy’s Arbor Trails – Elvis performs 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

4301 W. William Cannon 512/899-2489

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