Local bars, restaurants prepare for busy weekend with St. Patrick's Day, NCAA Tourney

Local businesses prepared for a busy St. Patrick's Day weekend. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Local businesses prepared for a busy St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Bars and restaurants told ABC 6/FOX 28 they expect bigger crowds than normal thanks to the holiday, the NCAA tournament and a Saturday night home game for the Blue Jackets.

"St. Patrick's Day is big every year," said Byrne's Pub owner Patrick Byrne. "No matter what day it falls on, what else is going on, but this year it is probably going to be bigger than most."

Byrne's Pub in Grandview Heights expects thousands to come through their doors throughout the weekend. Their team will be watching patrons and making sure everyone gets home safe.

It is a similar story at the Three Legged Mare in the Arena District.

"Uber and Lyft basically loop this area constantly," said owner Michael Darr. "So, we always make sure that people aren't leaving without it."

The bar opens doors at 7 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day.

"It is all hands on deck," he said. "Most of our staff comes in at 6 a.m. A lot of them will just sleep here the night before.

Law enforcement from across Central Ohio will be patrolling the community, looking to pull over drunk or drugged drivers.

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