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INDIANAPOLIS — Bars and restaurants have had a hard year with the pandemic, but many bars in Indianapolis were able to see a big boost in business thanks to the city allowing them to reopen more bar seating just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

One of the bars in Indy that took advantage of the opportunity was the Aristocrat. General manager Sue Bays said they had to shutdown down the day before St. Patrick’s Day last year.

“We were basically closed for 132 days in 2020,” she said to WISH-TV. “We had all this food, all this beer. We had like probably 80 kegs and then now we’re closed.”

But the 88-year-old pub was able to survive and it was a different story this year as people were out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day throughout Indianapolis.

“We opened up the bar last week and we were so excited,” she added. “That’s what we were waiting for.”

Bays and her workers hope that the St. Patrick’s Day rush they saw on Wednesday is a precursor to what they may see with the NCAA Tournament in town for the next few weeks.