Shamrocks Irish Pub packed Freedom Crossing with party-goers in celebration of their one-year anniversary and St. Patrick’s Day Saturday.
The event featured giveaways, raffles, T-shirts, food and beverage discounts, yard glasses and green beverages from noon to 1 a.m. Three local bands performed at the hearth by the outdoor fireplace, and a disc jockey spun tunes and offered karaoke.
Additionally, a cook flew in from Ireland to assist in the kitchen, cooking additional menu item specials.
“He’s using his secret Irish recipes,” said general manager Nathan Valenzuela. “Do we get them? No, we don’t. Will he tell us? No, he won’t.”
Recipe specials included traditional Irish stew, Guinness pie, Shepherd’s pie, traditional Irish fish and chips and colcannon dishes. The stew featured tender pieces of lamb and the fish and chips appealed to the eye – colorful with seasonings.
Why the big deal? These owners were proud to have made it a full successful year as the only authentic Irish Pub in El Paso, Texas, said Valenzuela. Some have tried before but failed in the city. That in mind, this celebration was aimed toward installation residents and the enveloping city.
“For us, it’s a milestone,” said Valenzuela. “Considering Freedom Crossing was a prototype, something that not every base has. … We want to give back to everyone who has been a part of us and open doors to people who don’t know about us.”