JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An Irish pub in Jacksonville prepares for St. Patrick’s Day and a good crowd awaits as people continue to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The tents were set up in Culhane’s Irish Pub on the Southside on Tuesday evening well in advance of the celebration.
“We are originally from Ireland. We grew up with the parades in Ireland and we love the Irish spirit, the hospitality. It’s what we are about getting together with family and friends, having a beer and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, ”said Mary Jane Culhane, co-owner of the Irish Pub.
A year ago, most of the events were canceled due to the pandemic. This includes the annual event at Culhane so the owners are excited to see people again.
“We had to tear down the tents in the morning. It was heartbreaking even though we could do 50 percent, ”said Culhane. “Last year everything to take away and we had to reinvent ourselves how to do it. It was a very stressful day. “
Culhane said precautions will be taken in addition to the 2021 event. The tables in the restaurant are about two meters apart. There will be stations in the parking lot where people can wash their hands. The restaurant will be 100% occupied.
“I haven’t seen my regulars in the past year. So they all told me: I have my second vaccination, I’ll be out. I am like, brilliant! It’s exciting because now we have a new life, ”said Culahane.
Culhane says serving green beer on this St. Patrick’s Day is a turning point for things so that things can get back to normal.
The restaurant encourages people to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking.
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