St. Patrick’s Day preparations underway with ‘new normal’
DELMARVA – St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a day where many celebrate the richness of Irish culture or choose to indulge in a green beverage of their choice.
For Irish Penny Pub & Grill in Salisbury, it’s means a different kind of green. “Every year, it’s a day we look forward to. It’s without a doubt the busiest day of the year for us,” Irish Penny Pub & Grill Owner Jeff Trivits said.
Management says two years ago the restaurant got shut down one day before St. Patrick’s Day due to COVID-19.
Despite those challenges, I’m told they’re starting to feel a little luck on their side. “This year the way the past few weeks have been going leading up to it, this will probably be our best one since we’ve been open,” Trivits said.
I’m told that shut down did have a silver lining, as Worcester County Sheriff Matt Crisafulli says it caused a decrease in holiday-related accidents. “We have seen a 66% reduction in our DUI arrests over the past couple of years,” Sheriff Crisafulli said.
Sheriff Crisafulli adds that they expect to see travel increase over the next few days with many celebrations underway, which is why his office will be on high alert. “There will be an increase in law enforcement presence. Our deputies will be out along with our state and local agencies,” Sheriff Crisafulli said.
As the Irish Penny prepares for its biggest party of the year, decking the walls green and gold, management says it just feels good to get a little bit of that luck of the Irish and to get back in the swing of tradition. “Staff look forward to it. Kitchen staff, severs, because its just a good day for everybody all around. Very hectic and busy day but its all worth it when its over with,” Trivits said.
If you do plan on celebrating, law enforcement say be sure to find a way to get home and that it’s important to not get behind the wheel while under the influence.
Irish Penny Pub & Grill management says they’ll have several giveaways during their celebration, so get there while supplies last.