The Reidsville Chamber of Commerce thought there was no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Irish pub, Celtic Fringe.
The restaurant opened earlier this year and has already had large crowds waiting for tables.
Kim and Gary Forrester have been working on opening the restaurant for much of the past year and have seen their work through to fruition.
The Irish restaurant used 20 local businesses, many from Reidsville, to get the eatery ready to open. They’ve also hired 30 employees, most of whom did not have a job prior to the restaurant’s opening.
“I think it is a sign of good things to come,” said Reidsville Mayor James Festerman. “I was particularly touched you have 30 employees. We all know how much jobs are needed and this is a great asset.”
Kim Forrester said her employees “rock.”
“To Reidsville, I want to say I really appreciate all of the support,” Forrester said. “This town has really shown their love. We’ve had people come from all over.”
Forrester said she’s excited and overwhelmed, but she and her husband love the business.
Chamber president Diane Sawyer congratulated the business for already being successful.
N.C. House candidate Nelson Cole, City Councilwoman Sherri Walker and Reidsville Downtown Corporation president Steve Moore, along with employees of the restaurant, joined Sawyers and Festerman in cutting the ribbon, marking the Celtic Fringe officially opened.
The restaurant was opened from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with many bands and drink specials throughout the day in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
The Celtic Fringe is located at 234 Southwest Market Street in Reidsville.