Thirsty for an Irish pub

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BY TONY CHEONG: Top of the morning to you. 

May you be poor in misfortune and rich in blessings. 

May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head. 

BY TONY CHEONG: Top of the morning to you. 

May you be poor in misfortune and rich in blessings. 

May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head. 

May you be 40 years in heaven before the devil knows you're dead. 

St. Patrick's Day has arrived (March 17). 

For all you planning to go out and drink Guinness, Murphy's Red, Jameson, Tullamore Dew and the like, let me issue a warning: Garden Grove and Westminster police tell me that they issue more DUIs on this holiday than on your average Thursday. So if you're going to over imbibe, get a designated driver, or call Uber. There are, after all, limits to the luck of the Irish. 

Which brings me to my beef. In this case, you might call it my corned beef: Why isn't there a thriving Irish pub in the communities I cover? 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I've scoured the area for a place that serves a piping hot and delicious beef stew, blood pudding, corned beef sandwiches and potato soup. A warm small pub, with a low ceiling. A place where you can feel comfortable and make life-long friends, which is very much an Irish priority. A place where you can feel, in your heart, the camaraderie. A pub where the bartenders know how to pour a proper Guinness and greet you by name.

How about it city leaders, chambers of commerces and business associations? 

In Garden Grove, for instance, Historic Main Street would be a perfect locale. 

In Stanton, how about placing one near the DMV? I mean, who doesn't need a drink after dealing with a labyrinth of bureaucracy? 

And bring one to the Westminster Mall, where thousands of commuters could see it from the 405 Freeway. And not to mention those poor, weary men -– you've seen them with the slouched postures and lifeless eyes –who could find a place of respite while their wives are doing the painstaking, heroic job of shopping.  

Further, we could use a little luck around here, and a dash of charm.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, don't forget to say a prayer for the good Saint and may the grass grow tall on the road to hell for want of use. 

Do you have a question, comment or news tip for Tony? Send to tonyontown@yahoo.com.