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Local businesses offer array of Irish eats, entertainment on St. Patrick's Day

March 16th, 2014 9:22 pm by Staff Report

Local businesses offer array of Irish eats, entertainment on St. Patrick's Day

Beef O'Brady's bartender Sandy Cutshall serves up a green beer in honor of St. Patrick's Day. (Dave Boyd/Johnson City Press)

If the adage is true that everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, then there may be a lot of happy people flocking from restaurants Monday night.

In celebration of one of the year’s more indulgent holidays, local bars and eateries are doing what they can to make themselves a little “greener.”

Though many venues will offer the traditional St. Patty’s day beverage — green beer — along with various drink specials, others are taking the opportunity to expand their menus, as well. Beef O’Brady’s, for example, is offering a variety of Irish-inspired dishes to help put the blarney in its patrons’ stones.

“We have a special menu dedicated to St. Patty’s Day,” said Beef O’Brady’s manager Chuck Russell. “We’re doing traditional corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes, and shepherd’s pie. We also have a (dish) called the Dubliner. It’s sliced roast beef, mushrooms, and cheese on sourdough bread with mashed potatoes and smothered in gravy. It’s really good.”

While some will offer traditional Irish dishes, others are offering them in non-traditional ways. For example, at Numan’s Cafe & Sports Bar, guests can order traditional corned beef and cabbage, served either in a bowl, or in a tortilla in an Irish taco.

“It’s corned beef and cabbage stewed up, and we put it in a tortilla,” said Numan’s manager Chris Carroll. “It’s a chipotle-styled sauce with the Irish taco. We can do it a soft flour tortilla or a crispy corn tortilla. It ends up being very, very tasty.”

In addition to the Irish tacos, Numan’s will also offer drink specials on green beer and half-price Irish Car Bombs.

Although certain drinks and dishes can be staples of the holiday, entertainment can be another. As Mellow Mushroom regulars can attest, every St. Patrick’s Day culminates with a party called the “St. Patrick’s Day Bash.”

“Every year since we’ve opened, we’ve always had a huge party,” said Mellow Mushroom manager Kiwi Durland. “This year, we have a ska band called Demon Waffle. They go on at 9 p.m.”

Even though the store closes at 11, Durland added that may not impede the festivities.

“The party doesn’t have to stop at 11,” she said.

In addition to music, Mellow Mushroom is also offering drink specials on pints of Guinness, Irish Car Bombs, and shots of Baby Guinness.

Other venues will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with more traditional musical acts.

“We’ll have bagpipes starting at 7 (p.m.),” said Tipton Street Pub assistant manager John Tolliver.

Tipton Street will also offer green beer and drink specials on Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey.

With so many opportunities for indulgence, some may find themselves getting carried away by the festivities. Though he said Johnson City has traditionally been less troublesome, Johnson City Police Department Capt. Gerald Harrell said he and his patrol officers are prepared for those who take the party too far.

“St. Patty’s has, historically, not been that bad,” Harrell said. “We know that it comes, and with it come people who like to enjoy themselves. We just deal with it as we come to it.”

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