Friday, February 24, 2017

Washington Tavern's 46th corned beef dinner coming up

Weekly specials, limited-time prix fixe menus, restaurant weeks and the like come and go, but not many local dining traditions last nearly a half-century. That's what makes an upcoming event at The Washington Tavern in Albany noteworthy.

On Saturday, March 4, it will host its 46th annual "Customer Appreciation Corned Beef and Cabbage Day." Michael and Patricia Byron opened The Washington Tavern in 1971 and began this tradition with Pat’s father, Carl Kelley.

As Julie Byron explained today, "Many long hours of hard work and preparation begin with the peeling of carrots and potatoes, the buttering of fresh rye loafs, and the cooking of many pounds of corned beef and cabbage. It is a day of reflection, good food, live music and most of all, gratitude."

On this day, it is custom that Mike works behind while Pat prepares the dinner. Their three daughters and grandchildren working alongside Pat and chef Shawn Favaro in the kitchen for the day.

Irish music will be provided by Marty Brandon. Lunch service will begin at noon, but the regular menu will not be available until dinner at 6 p.m.

The Washingtion Tavern is located at 250 Western Avenue, Albany. Reservations: 427-0091.
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