The economic impact of St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Erie

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Downtown Erie has been bustling all weekend with people from all over the region coming to the bars for St. Patrick’s Day. 

“Everyone comes out and it’s just fantastic for the city because it draws so many people in,” said Anne Lewis, director of marketing for Red Letter Hospitality.  Lewis is with Red Letter Hospitality which owns the Irish pub Molly Brannigan’s.

She says this is the biggest weekend of the year when thousands of people come to the area. “At the end of the day, it’s been such a great weekend where Erie’s really come together… when we get packed, we’re like go down to Sullivan’s, go down to tap house and it’s been vice versa,” Lewis added.  

Molly Brannigan’s is not the only Irish pub doing well during this weekend, the manager at U Pick 6 Tap House says this has been a great money making time for them as well. “Business has been absolutely wonderful, it’s been steady, busy, line out the door waiting to get in since 11’o clock yesterday morning, starting again at 7 am today,” said Jamie Finotti, front of  house manager at U Pick 6 Tap House. 

Finotti added that this weekend is also great for bringing the erie community together. “Erie is all about home and being part of the community, so we like to use that as our draw in that door’s are always open,” said Finotti. 

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