Elvis Presley would have been 65 on Jan. 8, and Dick’s Last Resort in Downtown celebrated in a hunka’-hunka’-burnin’ way.
The Gaslamp Quarter bar and restaurant held its annual look-alike contest that day, with the winner taking $500 home.
The contest typically sees 30 to 40 entrants each year, said general manager Steve Zipfel. His restaurant has run the contest since January 1993. The San Diego Dick’s Last Resort opened in the summer of 1992, Zipfel said.
The master of ceremonies, Los Angeles-based Elvis impersonator Terry Crisp, literally flew in. Suspended from a ceiling track that reached about 750 feet, Crisp landed at the bar’s stage area.
Menu-wise, the offerings also followed suit.
Elvis’ favorites, served on his infamous blue plastic plates, included pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy. Jelly doughnuts were dessert.
Dick’s also gave the audience some trivia on the dislikes of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Although coleslaw was served, the bar’s research revealed that Elvis never ate vegetables, a spokeswoman said.
The Dallas-based chain’s newest restaurant is scheduled to open by early February in Memphis. As Elvis himself would croon, “Uh-huuuh-huh.”