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Lubbock businesses expect big crowds but will still promote safety on St. Patrick’s Day

Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 at 6:44 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Some Lubbock businesses are feeling the luck of the Irish the day before St. Patrick’s Day, saying they will expect a very profitable holiday for their business, but say they will still implement some safety measures.

This is the first big holiday where State Covid safety restrictions have been completely lifted, ever since Governor Abbott made the announcement earlier this month.

“It’s always fun except for last year. We’re really looking forward to it,” said Shane Blum, the owner of The Lantern Tavern in central Lubbock.

Blum says they hope to draw crowds in with green beer, special drinks, and shepard’s pie.

“If you remember, all of the Covid stuff started happening around this time last year, so everybody was worried about going out on St. Partrick’s Day, so it was totally dead.”

Blum says tomorrow amid the big crowds and live entertainment, he will encourage people to wear masks, have his staff wear masks, and will limit occupancy to 75 percent even though he does not have to.

Triple J’s Chophouse and Brew Company in the Depot District will still have safety on their mind tomorrow with their expectation of a big crowd to drink their green beer, eat corn beef and cabbage, and enjoy a live band.

“We are looking forward to having everybody out, trying to take reservations and trying to get it so that it doesn’t get packed to where it’s organized chaos,” said Tish Keller, one of the owners.

Tish added, there will be some dividers at some tables to continue to promote safety.

“We just want everyone to celebrate safely and have a good time.”

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