Police, pub owners ready for St. Patrick's Day

By Kyle McDonald and thomas gallick | Staff Writers Published:

Local police and pubs owners alike are ready for Kent's St. Patrick's Day celebration today and Sunday.

Kent police Capt. Paul Canfield said the department is increasing patrols throughout the day to curb alcohol-related incidents.

"We bumped up our staffing a bit for Saturday night and Sunday throughout the day," Canfield said. "Other than that, we'll just be keeping an eye on the folks downtown and in the neighborhoods."

Law enforcement will also keep a close watch for drunk drivers, he said.

"I know the Highway Patrol is planning some increased (DUI enforcement) efforts, and we'll be keeping an eye on the roads in the city of Kent," Canfield said. "If you do overindulge, have a plan on how you will get home, whether it's a cab ride or calling a friend."

Compared to last year's 80-degree Saturday, the weather forecast this year predicts temperatures around 36 degrees, but chilly air won't likely impede the folks who enjoy the early morning tradition of kegs and eggs.

Water Street Tavern at 132 S. Water St. and the Brewhouse at 244 N. Water St. will both open their doors at 5:30 a.m. for breakfast and beers, while the new Panini's at 295 S. Water St. and Bar 145 at 100 E. Erie St. will open at 6 a.m. for the same. Cajun Dave's in the Water Street Tavern will dish up sausage links, egg casserole and orange juice as well.

There's no shortage of drink and food specials on Sunday.

Most of the bars around downtown Kent are pouring Miller Lite, Bud Light and Irish Car Bombs at discount rates, while Ray's Place and Water Street Tavern will have plenty of smoked corned beef to balance out the booze.

If drinking on a Sunday doesn't jive with plans, 101 Bottles of Beer on the Wall at 115 N. Willow St. is hosting its celebration on today, beginning at 6 p.m., with some select Irish brews on tap and a gastro-cuisine food truck parked right outside.

And, if drinking is simply out of the question, the Celtic Club is hosting the family friendly and ninth-annual St. Pet's Day pet food drive Saturday in Hometown Plaza at the intersection of Water and Main Streets at noon today. Pet lovers and their fuzzy friends are encouraged to dress in Irish attire for and parade through downtown Kent.

Though Sunday's celebration is expected to bring out the crowds, Canfield said St. Patrick's Day does not typically bring as many people into the city or spread them as wide as the annual unsanctioned Halloween celebration.

"There are parties in some of the neighborhoods, but not to the extent of Halloween," He said. "Halloween is definitely in a class of its own."

Contact these reporters at tgallick@recordpub.com or kmcdonald@recordpub.com

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