March 17, 2017 10:14 PM
For local pubs, St. Patrick's Day may be the busiest time of the year, and many bar owners are expecting record turnouts this year.
Dubh Linn Brew Pub opened at 10 Friday morning for a day of food, drinks and live music. The owner there says they start preparing for the big night two weeks in advance, and they expect to go through more than 600 pounds of corned beef this year. However, they weren't the only place in town expecting record crowds. Carmody Irish Pub opened early this morning for their 11th annual celebration. For both the irish owners, they say it's a day to enjoy the company of friends and family and celebrate the irish culture.
"I'm an immigrant back to this country but I'm an American by birth and it used to be a very quiet day at home. It's not like that anymore. We watched the Americans and they've turned it into a national holiday," said Eddie Gleeson, Owner at Carmody Irish Pub.
"I grew up in an Irish household so a lot of st patricks day really is that family good food, going out some family relations and hanging out and that's really what we push at the pub," said Mike Maxim, Owner at Dubh Linn Brew Pub.
For Ben Cullen, who moved here from Ireland , this day is a reminder.
"Coming from where I'm from we celebrate it a lot. It's the origin of the whole holiday essentially but it serves for me at least a nice reminder. It's a day for me to reminiacse on how I came to be and everything else around me. It's just a day to kind of have a few beers and sit back and chat," said Cullen.
Another reminder owners are stressing is safety. They say majority of the local taxi companies will be circulating the downtown area all night. For those who do plan to drive, a suggested option is to leave their cars overnight at one of the public parking lots, which is free after 5.
As part of the celebration Duhn Linn, they will be collecting food all night for a local food shelf.
Updated: March 17, 2017 10:14 PM
Created: March 17, 2017 07:57 PM
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