Jackson businesses prepare for St. Patrick’s Day crowds


JACKSON, Tenn. — As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, businesses in the Hub City are gearing up for the crowds and festivities.

cornedbeefMulligan’s Restaurant and Bar plans to serve Irish dishes and green beer. Owner Mary Truett said they expect a crowd on St. Patrick’s Day. “I have approximately 25 employees,” she said. “We will all be here all day tomorrow welcoming our guests.”

The Leprechaun Leap, a 5K run and fun walk, kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mulligan’s. Proceeds benefit the Wo/men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program. “It will help our survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence that come in,” WRAP Event Manager Tammy Garrett said.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said they plan to have extra patrols out that will focus on areas where they think crashes involving alcohol are likely.

Jackson police said they do not typically see a significant spike in DUI-related arrests on St. Patrick’s Day.

AAA will give drivers who have too much to drink a free ride and tow within 10 miles. “Just make sure you have a safe way to get home so everybody can get home safely,” AAA Spokesperson Matt Nasworthy said.

Mulligan’s staff said St. Patrick’s Day is their biggest day of the year. “I suggest that you come early and that you stay late,” Truett said.

Registration for the Leprechaun Leap begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The race gets under way at 6 p.m. It costs $25. Click here to register online.

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