Untitled-1 America’s Restaurant Gallery — Achievements & Artifacts of our Industry

Chuy’s

Chuy’s

Elvis may have left the building, but not at Chuy’s. The King plays an important role in the history of this Tex-Mex restaurant. When founders Mike Young and John Zapp opened the original Chuy’s in Austin, Texas, in 1982, they had only enough money to decorate the restaurant with two paintings — one of Stevie Wonder and the other of Elvis Presley. Over time, customers pitched in to create a shrine to Elvis by donating their own memorabilia. Today, every Chuy’s has its own Elvis shrine, like the one shown here, and celebrates his birthday every year. Some menu items are even named after him, like Elvis Green Chili Fried Chicken. If Elvis walked into a Chuy’s today, he would probably say, “That’s all right.” He might also take a fancy to the wooden fish logo and the tee shirt.