If you're hoping to reconnect with some old friends this St. Patrick's Day, Slattery's Restaurant and Bar is the place to be.
"We're not just a place to go on St. Patrick's Day -- we always try to be that neighborhood-type place with above-average food and 32 beers on tap," said owner Dave Celuzza.
Slattery's, at 106 Lunenburg St., Fitchburg, is having its St. Patrick's Day festivities Sunday, from 3 to 9 p.m., featuring live Irish music. There is a $5 cover charge during that time, and patrons are encouraged to get reservations. Tables can be reserved for a maximum of two hours.
"We don't promote it as a drinking day but more on the food and entertainment," Celuzza said.
Slattery's has a long history, opening its doors in 1934.
Celuzza said Jeremy Bell will provide the musical entertainment with instruments authentic to the Irish style of music, including bagpipes, fiddle, banjo and more. He will play from 3 to 9 p.m.
"Sunday is an odd day," Celuzza said. "Usually, we would have more into the evening but figured since Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, people would come in the late afternoon and evening."
The restaurant and bar has an extensive menu with countless items, but all weekend, there will have Irish-themed specials to enjoy, including such classics as corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beer-battered fish and chips, an Irish-style corned-beef Rueben, Irish lamb stew and Irish soda bread, just to name a few.
Of course, there will be hot Irish coffee, Bailey's Irish cream, Harp, Killian's IRish Red, Guinness and Bass & Quinn's Irish among the more than 30 beers on tap. Don't bet on trying some festively colored beverages, though.
"You won't find any green beer," Celuzza said. "We pass on that."
Slattery's has a large horseshoe bar in the front-room tavern featuring Irish "snugs" for your closest dozen friends. The main dining room can seat 125 with a bar of its own. In the back of the main dining room is the terrace room for outdoor seating.
The restaurant and bar was originally founded as a tavern in 1934 on the east side of Fitchburg and prides itself on treating all of its customers as regulars, even on your first visit.
"People enjoy the camaraderie," Celuzza said. "People are bringing in their parents or their grandchildren to take part in a day that means a lot to them."
He said that while he's not Irish, he married into the culture and enjoys spending the day together with family.
"We try to make it a good day for everybody -- that's really important to us."
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