Will bars stay open on State Patty’s Day? Questions mount

Some bars will be open for State Patty’s Day, but the State College Tavern Association has not discussed it as a group yet.

Questions began when University Park Undergraduate Association President Courtney Lennartz reportedly said the Tavern Association decided that bars would stay open for next years student-created “holiday,” a now-annual event that results in increased drinking and police citations. Several bars close each year in opposition to the day.

Tavern Association President Jennifer Zangrilli said the group hasn’t met since February and hasn’t provided suggestions to any bars about the prospect of staying open. The association doesn’t have the power to mandate anything but can provide a grounds for discussion.

Lennartz explained her remarks Thursday in an email to Zangrilli and forwarded to the Centre Daily Times, saying that she spoke to an unidentified “bar/restaurant” owner who said he would not be closing down and heard that others felt the same way. She said she didn’t mean to imply that the association took a vote and understands the choice rests with the individual business owners.

All-American Rathskeller owner Duke Gastiger said his bar will remain open as they were last year. Last February, they didn’t sell shots or pitchers and operated with a lower occupancy — a practice that will likely make a return.

“Initial conversations are it worked well last year,” he said. “It was a great skeleton.”

Bar owners including Hotel State College and Co. owner Mike Desmond and Lion’s Den owner Chris Rosengrant did not return calls for comment by press time Thursday about the status of their bars.