Can we get a do-over? Dallas restaurants celebrate Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday a week late

The story was updated on February 20, 2021 with expanded options for Fat Tuesday and Valentine’s Day in Dallas-Fort Worth. Almost all restaurants offer take-away meals.

After the frozen Dallas-Fort Worth weather missed the chance for restaurants to make big bucks on Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday, several business owners are calling for an overhaul.

Fish City Grill and Half Shells – with restaurants in Allen, Flower Mound, Richardson, Southlake, Mansfield, Las Colinas, Burleson, Plano, University Park, and Lake Highlands in Dallas – hope that couples will start their V-Day dinner plans move to Sunday February 21st. And anyone who still wants to play Les Bon Temps Rouler can postpone their fat Tuesday celebrations to Tuesday, February 23rd.

Fat Tuesday was cold in 2021: the temperatures were in their teens and most Dallas-Fort Worth residents were stuck at home. Many have lost power. Fish City Grill and Half Shells explain a fat Tuesday and a Valentine’s Day Thu-Over.(Courtesy Fish City Grill and Half Shells)

“Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday are traditionally two of our busiest days of the year for our restaurants, but our unpredictable Texas weather had different plans,” said Bill Bayne, co-founder and CEO of Fish City Grill, in a statement. “Now that we’re leaving the winter storm behind, everyone needs a reason to celebrate.”

The Fish City Grill and Half Shells V-Day menu is $ 49.99 for two and offers options: couples share an appetizer, pick their own appetizers, then enjoy a chocolate cake or key lime pie dessert. Take away is also available.

In celebration of Fat Tuesday, each restaurant serves the regular menu and throws a New Orleans-style party with music, hurricane drinks, and pearls.

We had previously reported that lobster companies are already preparing for a slow year as companies and families are not throwing violent boils due to the coronavirus pandemic.

James Freeman takes lobster meat out of the shell during lunch at Big Fish Seafood Grill & Bar in Grapevine.  Crawfish can be found in almost every seafood restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth, but the coronavirus pandemic makes it an odd time of year.

At Mimi’s Pizzeria on 6807 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas, the chefs will extend their heart-shaped pizza making for another week – “for those lovers who want to redo Valentine’s Day,” a press release said.

Mimi’s owner, Jetmir Ahmedi, makes a kind gesture for Dallasites injured from winter weather. Ahmedi will donate 20% of sales to Family Place, a non-profit organization that houses and helps victims of domestic violence.

“No matter how you cut it, we can help make a difference when you come together as a community,” says a Mimi statement.

Cars move slowly through falling snow on Plano Road near Renner Road as a second winter storm in Richardson brought more snow and continued frigid temperatures to North Texas on Tuesday evening, February 16, 2021.  (Smiley N. Pool / The Dallas Morning News)

Heart-shaped pizzas will be available February 21-28, a full two weeks after our first failed V-Day. Each large pizza comes with a slice of red velvet cake for $ 21.95. The offer applies to food, take-away or delivery.

Valentine’s Day is usually a major sales day for restaurants in Dallas. Specifically, in 2021, hundreds of restaurant owners in North Texas planned special menus on February 14 in hopes of sales spiking – whether for dinner or take out – after the coronavirus pandemic took a huge bite off their profits.

Jay Jerrier, the owner of Zoli’s and Cane Rosso, said he lost $ 100,000 in a single day when he closed all of his restaurants on Valentine’s Day this year.

More extended Valentine’s Day specials in Dallas-Fort Worth

Perry’s Steakhouses in Dallas, Grapevine, and Frisco are hosting a candlelit dinner for two on Sunday, February 21, for $ 99 per couple. “It can be a way to light the romantic flame for another weekend,” the company says. Groceries can also be picked up at the roadside.

The Mexican sugar restaurants in Plano and Las Colinas are hosting a four-course Valentine’s Day special on February 20, 20, and 21, at a price of $ 100 per couple. On February 20th there is also a Lover’s Bubbly Brunch (with a free glass of sparkling wine) and 21.

Ida Claire in Addison is doing her V-Day Prix Fixe Dinner again on February 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd. The price of $ 100 for two includes a bottle of red, white, or rosé wine.

Whiskey Cake in Plano sells its Love Me Tenderloin kit, a $ 85 takeaway box of ingredients for a sweet Valentine’s Day dinner for two: two fillets, shrimp, mushroom couscous, and Brussels sprouts with bacon. For those who want to dine, last week’s V-Day specials are expanding in the whiskey cake restaurants in Plano and Las Colinas.

More Fat Tuesday extended specials in Dallas-Fort Worth

Ida Claire sells a Fat Tuesday take home box. It’s $ 35 for two or $ 70 for four; It comes with prawns and semolina, creole gumbo, and lobster and corn fritters.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux is hosting a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday, February 23, with a $ 5 menu of items like Beignets, Boudin Balls, and Bloody Marys. Walk-On’s has restaurants in North Texas at Arlington, Irving / Las Colinas, and The Colony.

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Cane Rosso and Zoli in Dallas-Fort Worth sold heart-shaped pizzas this week.  But not on Valentine's Day: All pizzerias in D-FW are closed due to the winter storm, which can lead to up to 20 cm of snow in parts of North Texas.

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