Pittsburgh companies are optimistic about St. Patrick’s Day weekend

At the Mellinger Beer Distributor in Oakland, people went in and out with a six-pack on Thursday before St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Almost a year ago, Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke to Mellinger’s previous owners as the pandemic took off. At the time, they had to check with their national association before getting approval to open as an essential business. “It’s a huge vacation and beer is definitely a must for it,” said one worker. Now the business, which is surrounded by students, is under new management. The owner believes she won’t see any decline in business before St. Patrick’s Day. “I would say the kids are still buying a lot of beer,” said Neha Shah. “We don’t have a big line, but it’s a constant business.” On Thursday public safety officials in Pittsburgh announced that they would be restricting large crowds during St. Patrick’s Day. Open container laws are strictly enforced and occupancy controls are carried out. In Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood, people shared memories of last year’s celebrations: “We didn’t know how to act, so this year will be very different,” said Todd Harteis. At Buddy’s Brews on Carson this week hasn’t been too busy compared to previous years. The owner Jacob Nickman said they are a little in business.

At the Mellinger Beer Distributor in Oakland, people went in and out with a six-pack on Thursday before St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Almost a year ago, Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke to Mellinger’s previous owners as the pandemic took off. At the time, they had to check with their national association before getting approval to open as an essential business.

“It’s a huge vacation and beer is definitely a must for it,” said one worker.

Now the business, which is surrounded by students, is under new management. The owner believes she won’t see any decline in business before St. Patrick’s Day.

“I would say the kids are still buying a lot of beer,” said Neha Shah. “We don’t have a big line, but it’s a constant business.”

On Thursday public safety officials in Pittsburgh announced that they would be restricting large crowds during St. Patrick’s Day. Open container laws are strictly enforced and occupancy controls are carried out.

In Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood, people shared memories of last year’s celebrations.

“We didn’t know how to act, so this year will be very different,” said Todd Harteis.

At Buddy’s Brews on Carson this week hasn’t been too busy compared to previous years. The owner Jacob Nickman said they are a little in business.

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