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Saint Patrick's Day means plenty of green for some local businesses and it's not because of leprechauns or four-leaf-clovers.

Ed Beczynski owns the Blarney Irish Pub in Downtown Toledo. The celebration started there on Friday. ""We had a line to get in.The tent opened at seven and at nine or 10 we had to stop letting people in it was so crowded."

He estimates that at least 7,000 people will come through the door over the weekend. "Numbers are still coming in, but looks like we are up 20 percent from last time this year. Last year was a record, so looking good."

It's also a good time for cab drivers like Carlos Bantigue from Black & White Transportation. He'll be busy making sure those celebrating get home safely. "I usually run five in the morning until five in the afternoon, but sometimes I'll come on in the evening for special events like this."

He expects to see more the usual number of customers. Next to New Year's Eve, it's the most profitable holiday for cab drivers. He expects to make more than $300 a day over the weekend.

Downtown Toledo business owners say they are feeling the luck of the Irish with the increased traffic to bars and restaurants.

 

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