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Businesses Keep Irish Spirit Despite Cold WeatherSubmitted: 03/17/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

MINOCQUA - Saint Patrick's Day means beer and corned beef for most people.

For businesses it means lots of customers.

But some business owners think last years unseasonably glorious weather might have spoiled a few people.

T'Murtaugh's is an Irish pub, but one of the waitresses thinks the festive Irish spirit may not have been enough to bring the crowds in.

"Still not as how I expected it to be, but I think it's going to pick up in a couple of hours," said T'Murtaugh's Pub and Eatery Waitress/Bartender, Audrey Nelson.

"We had a rush earlier. We prepared like 500lbs of corn beef."

Over at Black Bear Bar business was a little slow.

Suzanne Ramirez thinks the weather might have kept some people in.

"Last year was a lot warmer," Black Bear Bar Owner, Suzanne Ramirez said.

"People were not snowmobiling anymore, but last year it was on a Saturday where this year it's on a Sunday which business is going to be as far as tourist trade is going to be a little less on a Sunday than it is gonna be on a Saturday."

Both restaurants have the corned beef specials.

So they're both expecting a good dinner rush.

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