The First 72+ celebrates International Women’s Day, launches weekly Lenten fish fry Friday



With Mardi Gras behind us, the season for Lenten fish fries is here. Besides the usual church and community events, a weekly fry at Mid-City’s The First 72+ (2917 Perdido St.) offers diners something different.


On Friday, which is International Women’s Day, the nonprofit will donate $1 of every plate sold to Operation Restoration, an organization that supports currently and formerly incarcerated women with the education and training needed to reenter society successfully.


The First 72+, an organization that assists with housing and re-entry support for people returning after incarceration, will continue to host weekly fries every Friday until Easter to support the organization.

Every Friday morning beginning at 8 a.m., it will offer shrimp and grits for breakfast. Starting at 11 a.m., the weekly fish fry will feature a plate with one fish filet, baked macaroni and cheese, potato salad, peas, bread cake and a drink for $10.


The organization also will offer free delivery for orders of five of more. Diners can place orders by emailing For more information on the organization and their services, visit its website here.



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