Restaurants will be raking in the the green on St. Patrick’s Day

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- It’s a huge weekend for bars and restaurants as folks celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Friday’s lunch business was booming at Helen Fitzgerald’s in Sunset Hills. They expect the crowds to grow even larger during the next few days as people join the wearing of the green.  Josh Syberg is a member of the family that owns Helen Fitzgerald’s.  He said, “It’s definitely something we look forward to every year. Our biggest day of the year, our biggest week of the year, by far double whatever we do any other week. We always expect a huge turnout.”

He said they’re preparing for as many as 10,000 customers, beers sales will more than double. The chefs will cook 1,500 pounds of corned beef. But they also start early in the kitchen.  Syberg said, “We open at 7 a.m. Monday, kegs and eggs, green beer green eggs.”

If people have a too much fun and too much to drink the taxi drivers at cab companies like Laclede are ready with a free ride program. It’s been around for years but it’s not as popular as it used to be. The people in charge say partiers don’t leave home in their own cars to begin with. Matt Beumer is Laclede’s chief dispatcher. “A lot more people these days are taking the cab to and from the bar especially on days like St Patrick’s, Mardi Gras and such. I think a lot more people are riding cabs than use to,” he said.

If they choose to drink and drive more than 200 police departments across Missouri, including Creve Coeur, will be ready to make arrests.  Lt. Jon Romas is with the Creve Coeur Police Department, “We’ll have checkpoints operating but other agencies will have wolf packs which are concentrated patrols of officers assigned and dedicated to only look for impaired drivers.”

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