Downtown businesses prep for St. Patrick's Day crowds

Downtown businesses prep for St. Patrick's Day crowds
Prep work starts early Tuesday morning at Slyman's. (Source: WOIO)
Prep work starts early Tuesday morning at Slyman's. (Source: WOIO)

St. Patrick's Day is a very big day for a lot of businesses in downtown Cleveland.

Flannery's Pub is one of them. The doors will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and on Monday evening, preparations inside were well underway.
 
Controlled chaos is how Flannery's general manager, Sean O'Donnell, described the wave of activity inside of the bar on East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue. It's always one of the hottest spots in town on St. Patrick's Day, which is typically the busiest day of the year.
 
"It's always St. Patrick's Day and then Opening Day. We can add Opening Day for the Cavs now, too, because that was insane this year," O'Donnell said.
 
Preparation is key and Flannery's is ready. More than 100 kegs are in stock. It's expected to be a day full of fun.
 
"It's an unbelievable day," O'Donnell said. "It's the best people-watching day of the year."

Slyman's Restaurant on St. Clair Avenue is also getting ready. It's always a popular spot on St. Patrick's Day, too. They're expecting to serve at least 1,000 famous corned beef sandwiches and prep work is set to start at 1 a.m.
 
With 200,000 to 300,000 people expected in downtown Cleveland for the parade, huge crowds will flock to bars and restaurants all over the area. 

Flannery's has tents set up and the first customers are expected before the sun rises on Tuesday morning.
 
"We open at 6 a.m.," O'Donnell said. "There's usually 20 to 30 people ready to get in at 6 a.m."

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