By Renee DesPres, Staff Writer

Every year, UMF students and members of the Farmington community don green apparel and flock to the Roost to embrace their “inner-Irish” for St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17.

“It’s going to be a blast,” said Melissa Cushman, bartender and waitress at The Roost.  In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, students can expect many Irish-themed specials to be featured all day long.  “For our food special, we will be offering a Reuben,” said Cushman.  “In the next few weeks, we will also be buying the town of Farmington out of green dye, because we will – of course – have green beer!”

In addition to the green-colored beer, The Roost will have various Irish shots and drinks on special.  “We make sure alcohol like Jameson, Bailey’s, and Guinness are stocked more than they normally would be,” said Cushman.  “Customers definitely gravitate more toward the Irish-themed drinks on St. Patrick’s Day.”

Ben Yarian, a senior at UMF, plans to attend the festivities.  “I had a great time last year on St. Patty’s Day at The Roost,” said Yarian.  “I had food and Irish Car Bombs (a popular shot made with Irish stout, Irish cream, and Irish whiskey) with a group of great friends.”

Door prizes and giveaways will also be on hand. “We will have some t-shirts and sweatshirts to give out,” said Cushman.  Prizes such as St. Patrick’s Day-themed necklaces and drinking glasses will also be awarded.  “As the holiday approaches, I usually get in touch with our vendors to see if there’s anything extra they can donate to us for giveaways,” said Cushman.

While there will be no live entertainment, The Roost will be playing Irish music to get customers in the spirit of St. Patty’s.

Cushman and her staff must make many advance preparations for busy holidays like St. Patrick’s Day.  “A couple weeks beforehand we start to plan what different menu items will be offered and figure out what we will need to order,” said Cushman.  The staff is also increased to accommodate the expected crowd.  “I will have two bartenders, two doormen, and three wait staff working,” said Cushman.

Cushman expects St. Patty’s Day sales to double compared to a regular Tuesday at The Roost.  “It’s one of the busiest days of the year,” said Cushman.  “It’s right up there with Halloween and graduation.”

Those who choose to visit The Roost on St. Patrick’s Day can expect the crowd to consist mainly of college students.  “I always have a great time at The Roost, but the atmosphere on St. Patrick’s Day is incredible,” said Yarian.  “The place is always packed and everyone gets right into the celebration.”  “The college crowd is extremely rowdy on this day,” said Cushman, laughing.

The Roost will keep regular business hours (11 a.m. to 1 a.m.) and, as always, only patrons age 21 and over after 9 p.m.