After being closed for nearly two years due to a fire and having another St. Patrick’s Day couple flattened by COVID, they can finally open.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — For the first time in five years, a popular Irish pub, Trinity Bar & Restaurant in New Haven, is serving St. Patrick’s Day without restriction.
“This week kind of gets you through some of the down times of summer when you know there aren’t a lot of people,” said Trinity co-owner Shane Carty. “Yale is going home. 50,000 people are leaving town. Universities are leaving.”
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After being closed for nearly two years due to a fire and having another St. Patrick’s couple flattened by COVID, Trinidad has been anxious this week.
“The fact that we’re open and can have a parade like Sunday and today, St. Patrick’s Day, means a lot,” said Trinity co-owner Eddie Higgins.
As in many corned beef.
“Between Sunday and today we made about 700 pounds, I would say,” Carty said.
There are all sorts of reasons why people were getting their Irish on Thursday.
“It’s the happiest day of the year and I celebrate it for my father, who was from County Clare in Ireland,” said Darlene Greene.
Wallingford, outside the Playwright Irish Pub in Hamden.
And some were tipping to celebrate half a pint a month.
“I thought the baby’s first St. Patrick’s Day would be a good time to hang out, so I came over for a few drinks and some food,” said West Haven’s Troy Stuckey, who was enjoying St. Patrick with his wife and newborn daughter in West Haven.
In Hamden, at the Playwright Irish Pub, the game was the same.
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“Everyone is Irish today,” said playwright owner Eammon Ryan.
This would include a boy dressed in plaid, which is his 13-year-old tradition.
“I was playing bagpipes with a band in Fairfield and celebrating the tradition,” said Chad Burlingame of North Haven.
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“I’m so happy to be back,” said Suzanne Barber of New Haven. “Getting locked up isn’t how I ride. No, it’s great.”
The playwright opened at 9 a.m. and will run until after midnight.
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