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

In times of crisis — a pandemic and a snowstorm, combined — Dallas restaurateurs want customers to pretend V-Day hasn’t happened yet.

Mimi's Pizzeria will sell heart-shaped pizzas from Feb. 21-28, extending its Valentine's Day special. The company will also donate 20% of proceeds to the Family Place, to help families who struggled during the winter storm in February 2021.
Mimi's Pizzeria will sell heart-shaped pizzas from Feb. 21-28, extending its Valentine's Day special. The company will also donate 20% of proceeds to the Family Place, to help families who struggled during the winter storm in February 2021.(Courtesy of Plug Public Relations)

Story updated Feb. 20, 2021 with more extended Fat Tuesday and Valentine’s Day options in Dallas-Fort Worth. Nearly all restaurants are offering takeout.

After frozen weather in Dallas-Fort Worth iced out the chance for restaurants to make big bucks on Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday, several business owners are calling for a do-over.

Fish City Grill and Half Shells — which have restaurants in Allen, Flower Mound, Richardson, Southlake, Mansfield, Las Colinas, Burleson, Plano, University Park and Dallas’ Lake Highlands — are hoping couples will move their V-Day dinner plans to Sunday, Feb. 21. And anyone who still wants to laissez les bon temps rouler can move their Fat Tuesday celebrations to Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Fat Tuesday was frigid in 2021: Temperatures were in the teens, and most Dallas-Fort Worth residents were stuck at home. Many lost power. Fish City Grill and Half Shells is declaring a Fat Tuesday and a Valentine's Day do-over.
Fat Tuesday was frigid in 2021: Temperatures were in the teens, and most Dallas-Fort Worth residents were stuck at home. Many lost power. Fish City Grill and Half Shells is declaring a Fat Tuesday and a Valentine's Day do-over.(Courtesy of Fish City Grill and Half Shells)

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

Fish City Grill and Half Shells’ V-Day menu is $49.99 for two people and offers options: Couples share an appetizer, pick their own entrees, and then enjoy one dessert of either chocolate cake or Key lime pie. Takeout is also available.

For the Fat Tuesday celebration, each restaurant will serve the regular menu and host a New Orleans-style bash with music, hurricane drinks and beads.

We had previously reported that crawfish companies are already bracing for a slow year, as corporations and families are not hosting boisterous boils because of the coronavirus pandemic.

At Mimi’s Pizzeria at 6807 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas, chefs will extend their heart-shaped pizza-making another week — “to those lovers looking to re-do Valentine’s Day,” a press release says.

Mimi’s owner, Jetmir Ahmedi, is tacking on a kind gesture for Dallasites hurt by the winter weather. Ahmedi will donate 20% of sales to the Family Place, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and help to victims of family violence.

“No matter how you slice it, we can help make a difference when coming together as a community,” says a Mimi’s statement.

Heart-shaped pizzas will be available Feb. 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 deal is available for dine-in, takeout or delivery.

Valentine’s Day is typically an essential sales day for Dallas restaurants. In 2021 specifically, hundreds of restaurant owners in North Texas planned special menus on Feb. 14, hoping for an uptick in sales — whether dine-in or to-go — after the coronavirus pandemic took a big bite out of their profits.

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

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

Fireside Pies’ three-course Valentine’s Day dinner is available through Feb. 26. The deal is available via dine-in or carry out and comes with: butternut squash soup; choice of beef tenderloin or roasted salmon; and a sweet mix of desserts including butterscotch pudding with salted caramel, a snickerdoodle and a chocolate-dipped strawberry.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad has rescheduled its Daddy-Daughter Date and Sweetheart Wine Train excursions to Sunday, February 28.

Perry’s Steakhouses in Dallas, Grapevine and Frisco are hosting a candlelight dinner for two for $99 per couple on Sunday, Feb. 21. “It can be a way to keep the romantic flame lit for another weekend,” the company says. Food is also available for curbside pickup.

Mexican Sugar restaurants in Plano and Las Colinas are hosting a four-course, $100 per couple Valentine’s Day special Feb. 19, 20 and 21. There’s also a Lover’s Bubbly Brunch (which comes with a free glass of sparkling wine) on Feb. 20 and 21.

Ida Claire in Addison is re-doing its V-Day prix fixe dinner Feb. 19, 20, 21 and 22. The $100 price for two people includes a bottle of red, white or rosé wine.

Whiskey Cake in Plano is selling its Love Me Tenderloin kit, an $85 take-home box with ingredients to make a sweet Valentine’s Day dinner for two: two filets, shrimp, mushroom couscous and Brussels sprouts with bacon. For those who want to dine in, last week’s V-Day specials are being extended at the Whiskey Cake restaurants in Plano and Las Colinas.

More Fat Tuesday extended specials in Dallas-Fort Worth

Ida Claire is selling a Fat Tuesday take-home box. It’s $35 for two people or $70 for four; it comes with shrimp and grits, Creole gumbo and crawfish corn beignets.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux is hosting a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday, Feb. 23, with a $5 menu with items like beignets, boudin balls and Bloody Marys. Walk-On’s has restaurants in North Texas in Arlington, Irving/Las Colinas and The Colony.

If you see other Valentine’s Day or Fat Tuesday do-overs, please email sblaskovich@dallasnews.com.

For more food news, follow Sarah Blaskovich on Twitter at @sblaskovich.

Sarah Blaskovich, food writer. Sarah writes about restaurants, bars and culture in Dallas. Follow @sblaskovich and ask her what to do, where to eat or where to drink in your area.

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