French flags were on display at Fish all day in honor of Bastille Day. (Scott Garrand/WCIV)
Pictured above is the Pomme Frite, a special festive guillotine made to make cutting and frying potatoes a little more enjoyable for Bastille Day. (Scott Garrand/WCIV)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Four years ago Fish in downtown Charleston moved to a traditional French menu for the July 14 French National Day – Bastille Day. Since, the way the restaurant has recognized the day has evolved and gotten more popular each year.
Nico Romo, culinary executive director at Fish takes pride in the restaurant's recognition of the day. He says he's the only French chef in town, and it's "kinda cool" to be able to share the food, culture and festivities of his home country.
With planned parties, costume contests, traditional French food, music and even a guillotine specially-made to cut potatoes for frying, the fourth year of Fish's celebration of the holiday is bigger than it was in any of the previous years.
"I'm real excited," Romo said as he prepared food for a jam-packed evening of events. "This is a really important day for our country. For me to be able to do this in America, it's kinda cool. I think people get a kick out of it."
In fact, people get so much of a kick out of it that many who frequently eat at Fish have now begun making reservations for Bastille Day as much as a year in advance.
"We started four years ago, and had really great success," Romo said. "Everybody was like, ‘You gotta do this again!' So, we kept doing it."
Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a prison under the control of Louis the 16th. The storming of Bastille took place on July 14, 1789, and it marked the beginning of the French Revolution.
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