Chevy Chase Plaza may not be in New Orleans, but that's not stopping the the good times from rolling, this Fat Tuesday. For some businesses, the party started early.
"We've been in here since 5 a.m. it's just a very long day, so we have to prep ourselves," explained Bourbon n' Toulouse co-owner, Kevin Heathcoat, adding that it will end being longer than 20 hours spent at the Cajun restaurant.
With alligator etouffee being served all day, and more than 500 pounds of crawfish boiled, the crowds packed the place, many of them waiting in lines that stretched down Euclid Avenue.
The crowds are so heavy that Bourbon n' Toulouse partnered with the neighboring bars. They serve the food, the bars provide the drinks and seats.
"We'll do about two weeks worth of business in one day," stated Heathcoat of the turnout.
"We're expecting it to be huge tonight," said Kevin Patterson of the nearby Beer Trappe.
"This will be our busiest day we have this year," added Chevy Chase Inn bartender, Rob Topmiller.
These hot spots are just the beginning for a big push to the Chevy Chase area. This spring two new places are expected to open: McAlister's Deli and Grater's Ice Cream. But the new places aren't competition, instead these businesses say it's more than that.
"It's becoming more than just a neighborhood, it's becoming family," said Patterson of the area on Euclid Ave.
"We're not competition we're all together in this one," described Heathcoat of the Chevy Chase growth.
The lines continued to spill out of the Cajun restaurant and down the block, which is a good sign for these businesses, and they hope it's an even better sign for the future of Chevy Chase.