Anyway, when I first visited the new Chuy's location on Broadway for its grand opening, I wasn't clued in to why every one of their locations has a shrine to Elvis, but I appreciated the kitschiness. It turns out that when Chuy’s first opened in 1982 in Austin, Texas, the founders had little money for dressing up the decor. They hit the streets with $20 in search of something to put on the walls and returned with an oversized velvet painting of Elvis that changed the course of Chuy’s history forever. Soon, customers were donating their memorabilia, and Elvis was officially named the Patron Saint of Chuy’s. New franchise locations have been constructing shrines in his honor and celebrating his birthday ever since.
So now they want to share the party with you. Their annual birthday bash will be held on Sunday, Jan. 8, at all three area locations: Cool Springs, Nashville and Murfreesboro. According to the official invitation:
The King’s 77th birthday party will have a Blue Hawaii theme, and Chuy’s will offer special pricing on their longtime favorites — Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken and the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo all day on the 8th; and for those who come dressed as the King (or his better half Priscilla), the entree is free! The day will also be filled with party favors, including Hawaiian leis, Elvis sideburn tattoos and a special Big Kahuna cup, available when you purchase a margarita or Blue Hawaiian. Limited edition Elvis and Priscilla T-shirts will be available to commemorate the big day.
I speak from personal experience when I say I believe the King would be proud of that Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken. It's pretty decadent and darned tasty. For more info and addresses of the locations, visit the Chuy's website.