Bars and restaurants in the Oregon District saw a big boost in business on St. Patrick’s Day once again this year, and workers say the event falling on a Saturday helped bring out the big crowds.
“When it’s on a Saturday, no one has to work on Sunday,” said Jimbo Hirn, a bartender at Blind Bob’s. “So 100 percent it helps us out a lot.”
Business at Blind Bob’s at least doubles for St. Patrick’s Day, Hirn said. With the holiday falling on a Saturday, that means his team stayed busy all day, and there was plenty of extra staff, he added.
“Usually we only have like seven, eight people at night,” Hirn said. “And we brought in about 16 people to work the night. ‘Cause we had outside bar, and we had the door, we had the people on the floor.”
According to Oregon District restaurant employees, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for the neighborhood, similar to Halloween.
“It’s a straight blur,” said Mark Medsker, a bartender for Tumbleweed Connection. “People will say, ‘Hey, thanks for last night.’ And I’ll look at them like, ‘Sure. No problem. I don’t remember you.'”
Medsker, who has been a bartender in the Oregon District for years, said he believes having several bars and restaurants in the area helps bring people to the neighborhood.
“It’s like New Orleans style,” he said. “It’s people all over the street. It’s a great party. And having the Oregon District with everything so close together – it kind of gives a real good family party atmosphere.”