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Area Businesses Gearing Up for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — St. Patrick’s Day may not be for another few days, but many area businesses have already started the celebration.

Slainte. In Gaelic, it means ‘health’ and is the Irish toasting equivalent to cheers.

But in Holyoke, Slainte is a restaurant gearing up for the city’s biggest weekend.

“We just got open in time for St. Patrick’s Day last year and learned a lot, so we are trying to be more prepared this year,” explains Jake Perkins, co-owner of Slainte.

While last year they were completely slammed, here at Slainte, they are prepared for this weekend’s festivities. This room, normally reserved for functions, is set up to handle the overflow from the restaurant.

And of course there’s the food, while fish and chips are a popular choice, the favorite by far is a traditional corned beef dinner.

Perkins adds, “We plan ahead with our purveyors and plan ahead bringing in about a hundred pounds a day or so. [and do you go through all of that 100 pounds a day?] Oh easily…yup.”

And it wouldn’t be a St. Patrick’s Day weekend without some traditional Irish entertainment.

“We’ve got The Swinging Chilelie’s this weekend, we’ve got The Bards next Friday and Sunday. We’ve got the Caledonian Pipe and Drum Band on Sunday which is also our anniversary party, and tonight, we have Billy Egan.”

Slainte will have even more St. Patrick’s Day events next weekend as the City of Holyoke holds it’s annual parade.

Slainte has been planning for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day since last fall.

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