Luck of the Irish

Taylor Six, Richmond Register, Ky.
·2 min read

Mar. 13—Just one day before their annual St. Patrick's Day party — and one of their largest money-making days of the year — The Paddy Wagon Irish Pub was forced to close their doors.

There was no flowing green beer and the shamrock decorations were in the dark, due to a mandate from Gov. Andy Beshear which shuttered bars and restaurant doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was a huge loss for the local favorite, who lost thousands of dollars by being shutdown.

One year later, the pub and staff are hoping to resurrect their annual party which typically features live music, food, extended hours, and of course, green beer.

According to co-owner Chuck "Paddy" Fields, he believes the pub will have a good turnout on Wednesday, despite the holiday falling in the middle of the week.

"It is going to be dry, and in the 60's, and I think that people will come out and there will be a good turnout," Fields said.

According to him, although the Paddy Wagon will be hosting their signature event, it will look a bit different than it has in previous years.

This year, a few beer wagons will be stationed outside in the back lot to keep up with social distancing regulations along with 30 additional tables spread out throughout the backlot.

He stated he, and co-owner Silas Smith, began preparing for the big day four or five weeks ago by stocking up on non-perishable food items and alcohol.

Like previous years, the all-day event will feature some live music from Lian's Fancy, a DJ, and bagpipes in addition to both American and Irish cuisine.

But, Fields said this was not the easiest to book, as a lot of live entertainment is hesitant still to perform in the midst of a pandemic.

With cases on the decline, Silas and Fields agree this St. Patrick's Day party will be a double celebration.

"There was no stopping us this year, and everyone says that," Smith said. "A year is too long for a bar — but we made it. When this pandemic hit, I made a promise that Paddy wasn't going anywhere. It is unusual that it has been one full year entirely, but it is great to see things sloping downward."

The Paddy Wagon will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17. There is a $5 cover.

"I am really looking forward to it," Smith said. "When people get off of work on Wednesday, they know what to do."