Restaurants prepare for St. Patrick's Day crowd

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV)-- While everyone is getting their green outfits together for St. Patrick's Day festivities, restaurants throughout the community have spent months preparing for the celebration.

"We start planning 3 to 4 months in advance. St. Patty's Day is always a big day here at the Greene Turtle. We love the celebration of everything," said Joe Campbell, the Kitchen Manager.

The weekend menu consists of several specialty dishes including a homemade Irish stew and loaded tater tots.

Campbell says sales spike during the holiday and hundreds of people will be in and out. He says safety is always a top priority.

"We have a hotel next door to us that offers reduced room rates and we also promote Uber," said Campbell.

He says the staff dresses up and it's a fun way to embrace their personalities. The bar and dining areas are something he says is welcoming to groups of all ages.

"The whole community is involved. From children, to adults to grandparents," said Campbell.

While the restaurant is in the university city, Campbell says they take pride in having a safe space for people to come and enjoy.

"It's a celebratory, but responsible atmosphere and we take a lot of pride in that," said Campbell.

Staff at Almost Heaven, on High Street, has also been preparing for the last few weeks.

Almost Heaven opened in August and their manager says he's eager for their first St. Patrick's Day.

He says they've spent the last few weeks talking with their representatives and planning giveaways for the weekend.

He expects hundreds of people to walk in and out of their doors starting Saturday and going until Monday night.

He says, every bartender goes through specific training to make sure safety is a top priority.

"All of our bartenders are TIPS certified, which is an alcohol awareness class. It teaches you the signs of intoxication and lets you know when you should cut somebody off. They'll keep an eye on them, make sure they get some food and water. We also have extra staff on hand," said Manager, Chris Hare.

The Morgantown Police Department, The Monongalia County Sheriff's Office and the WVU Police Department will all have extra patrols out throughout the weekend.