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Main Street group readies pub crawl

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Preparations are underway for East End Main Street's annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl, an event that will include even more businesses than previous years, Main Street board members learned Wednesday.

The 2014 edition of the pub-crawl on March 15 will add four establishments on and near Leon Sullivan Way to the lineup — Bruno's, Monkey Barrel, Broadway and the Lee Street Lounge.

Those businesses will join the Red Carpet, Bluegrass Kitchen, Tricky Fish, Little India and The Empty Glass, which have all participated in past years.

The pub-crawl will begin at 6 p.m. with the five bars nearest the intersection of Washington Street East and Elizabeth Street. The Leon Sullivan Way businesses will join in at 11 p.m.

A free KRT trolley will run in a circuit between Leon Sullivan Way and Elizabeth Street, complete with an a cappella music group on the trolley itself.

"People are already talking about it," said board member Keeley Steele, who co-owns Bluegrass Kitchen, Frutcake and Tricky Fish with her husband and who is helping to coordinate the event. "People are excited."

Like in past East End pub-crawls for St. Patrick's Day and HallowEast, part of Elizabeth Street will be closed to traffic for participants.

Another new addition is a coin toss from the second floor of the Bluegrass Kitchen building onto Elizabeth Street. Steele said a number of the coins will be marked for prizes, and the coins are biodegradable.

Tickets for the pub-crawl are $18 and include a T-shirt and coozie, featuring the pub-crawl's new logo designed by local artist Charles Jupiter Hamilton.

Registration can be completed at the event or ahead of time online on East End Main Street's website. Frutcake will also have pre-registration on March 14.

In other business, East End Main Street's board:

n Discussed improvements to Greenbrier Street between Washington Street East and Kanawha Boulevard in conjunction with a perimeter security project at the state Capitol.

East End Main Street would work with GAI Consultants, the firm that is working on the Capitol plan, and would need to contribute financially to the work.

The project is in the developmental stages.

n Learned the organization has hired an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who will start in March. The volunteer will replace Ned Savage, whose term expired last summer.

n Authorized Director Ric Cavender to spend part of a $27,470 state Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan grant to purchase five Big Belly solar compactors for recycling in the neighborhood.

The $22,245 cost for the compactors includes the software and "skins" for the machines that will be designed by East End Main Street's Design Committee.

n Received an update on the organization's developing residential and commercial online property database. Cavender said the VISTA volunteer will help implement the website, which will be powered by Old Colony Realtors.

n Learned East End Main Street will distribute a survey to businesses in the district in March to assess the overall business climate.

Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Murphy@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4817. Follow him on Twitter @DMLocalGov and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/

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