GALLIPOLIS — An annual Gallipolis tradition is returning to mark the season of Lent.
St. Louis Church, located at the corner of State Street and Fourth Avenue, will begin its annual Lenten Fish Fries this Friday from 4:30-7 p.m., continuing every Friday of Lent, though April 7.
The church has been serving the community every Friday of Lent since the early 1990’s and started out doing so in the church basement. Then, in 2009, doors were opened to the Parish Center (the Saint John Paul II Parish Center) and members have been serving the community from there ever since.
Church members serve between 150-250 people during a single evening. They say they have a large number of customers who return year after year who tell them they enjoy the food and fellowship. Church members also say they may see friends they have not seen in awhile and the fish fries give them an opportunity to sit down, have a meal and catch up.
The menu consists of fried and sauteed fish, shrimp, fries, baked potato, green beans, hush puppies, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, tea, lemonade, coffee and various homemade desserts.
Adult meals are $9, children’s meals are $4.50. Those younger than three years old eat free and take out orders are available.
“We hope to see some new faces along with our dear friends that come back year after year,” said church members.
Information for this article submitted by Mary Anne Bokovitz, parish secretary.