And free toilet tissue!

     By Katie Iannitelli
On March 11, the St. Patrick’s Day parades were cancelled.  On March 12, Governor Pritzker asked that all gatherings of 250 people or more be postponed.  A few days later, that number went down to 50.  On March 16, restaurants and bars were closed to dine-in customers for at least two weeks.
And then March 17 was St. Patrick’s Day.  Ugh.
When it comes to the impact of coronavirus on our state’s small Irish businesses, one can hardly imagine worse timing.  
“This is brutal on all.  But the Irish businesses, we just got a double hit,” says Ken Harrington of the famed Harrington’s Catering & Deli.
Approximately 6,000 dinner orders were cancelled over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, typically their busiest time of year, he says.
“I’m in a position … where I won’t have any money for the slow season.  St. Patrick’s Day for us is like Christmas, and it was cancelled this year.  It’s very possible that our family business since 1951 could cease to exist.”
But who could imagine next St. Patrick’s Day without Harrington’s Corned Beef?  To keep business moving forward during the crisis, Harrington’s is offering two meal packages (with a free roll of Celtic toilet tissue) for curbside pickup at 5685 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.
The Irish Breakfast Special includes one pound of Harrington’s Irish Sausage, one pound of Harrington’s Irish Bacon, one-half pound of Harrington’s Black Pudding, one-half pound of Harrington’s White Pudding, a Bread Kit, 12 eggs or one can of Heinz Beans, and a free roll of Celtic toilet tissue while supplies last, all for $19.99.
The Irish Dinner Special includes either Harrington’s Corned Beef ($7.49/pound) or Dry Cured Boiling Bacon($5.99/pound), complete with free cabbage and potatoes and a free roll of Celtic toilet tissue, while supplies last.
With Easter right around the corner, they have a limited supply of Irish-import Cadbury chocolate Easter eggs, on sale for 25% off.
All items from Harrington’s are currently available for curbside pickup.
Overwhelmed and somewhat lost for words, Ken isn’t forgetting his devoted customers.
“Thank you for your past and future support.”
Ken says Harrington’s will post the most updated information on their Facebook page: