Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A New Tradition?
You would have thought that people were coming to Blackstone's for years. On March 17th (Saint Patrick's Day for those of you that have been living under a blarney stone) the masses came downtown, to wear, eat and drink green.
Blackstone's, which was originally planned to open last St. Paddy's Day, has been counting down the days since it's grand opening last April. Evidently people got the hint, because patrons arrived ready to celebrate at 7 A.M. By noon the place was packed both indoors and outdoors, and by the time the parade went by....well it seemed like the patio was having a pretty good time.
Frankly, I didn't realize until now that Flint had a Saint Patrick's Day Parade.
Blackstone's wasn't the only place downtown to enjoy (or cope with) a surge in green clad customers. Most of the bars and restaurants that I saw were filling up by 3 p.m. In fact, the only place that may have saw a drop in patronage was the university.... if just for the afternoon
What I loved the most, however, was that people somehow seemed to know that downtown was the place to be this year. Everyone from the student crowd, to the professionals. Perhaps it was the lure of being able to drink at several places without having to get behind the wheel. Or maybe it was the lure of some shiny new establishments, but I would like to think that this attitude grows, and pretty soon, a green beer at Blackstone's will be a must for every Flint area Irishman, even if they are only Irish for the day.