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Fat Tuesday at Zocalo

When: Tue., Feb. 21 2012

If the notion of Mardi Gras without the former Fat Fish Blue has you down, get over it: The bon temps roll today at Zocalo on downtown’s East Fourth Street. For years, Fat Fish Blue was Party Central for the Fat Tuesday crowd; all that ended late last year, when the Cajun-themed restaurant closed its doors. “A lot of our employees came to us from Fat Fish,” says Zocalo ops manager Sean Zawadzki. “So we thought we should do something to keep the tradition alive.” That something includes re-creating some beloved dishes from the former Fat Fish menu, including the popular cornbread and Swamp Bake appetizers. “We also have the same blues band — Blue Lunch — that played at Fat Fish in the final few years.” Then there’s the crawfish boil, the gumbo, the bead throwing, and the Hurricanes to help keep the memories alive — along with happy-hour pricing on beer and margaritas. However, Zawadzki says to expect one important break with tradition: “We won’t be charging any cover.” The party goes all day, the band begins at 6, and you can learn more at the website below.