On St. Patrick’s Parade Day, one of Northeast PA’s largest celebrations of the year, Cooper’s Seafood House in Scranton provides a substantial meal to parade goers before the big event. The restaurant serves its St. Patrick’s Day Brunch on Saturday March 11 from 7-11 a.m. “We are located within blocks of the parade route, so it is very convenient for people to have brunch, park here and then attend the parade,” said owner Jack Cooper. “There is never a cover charge, and there is always free parking.”
- 7 am – 11 am : Brunch
- 9 am – 3 pm : EJ the DJ live in the ship – NO COVER
- 11 am – close : Traditional Irish Fare being served in the Restaurant
- 11:30 am – ??? : Jack Bordo & Jim Cullen
- 3 pm – 8 pm : The Wanabees – NO COVER
The full buffet features traditional breakfast foods, such as eggs, bacon, French toast, home fries and ham. Traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare such as corned beef hash, smoked Irish salmon, Irish baked beans and Irish soda bread are also on the menu.
“In honor of St. Patrick’s Day our chefs create a special Guinness Stout French Onion Soup, because everyone knows as the saying goes…… ’Guinness is good for you,’” joked Jack. The drink menu will also go with the holiday. Irish beers (bottle or draft) and Irish cocktails include the Irish Bloody Mary and the Nutty Irishman.
The celebration continues after the parade with musical entertainment and giveaways with EJ the DJ until 3 p.m. From 3 to 8 p.m., local band The Wannabees will perform. This marks the tenth consecutive St. Patrick’s Day Parade performance for the band at Cooper’s. Band members look forward to the gig every year, calling the atmosphere “electric.” “We and thousands of fans and customers still think it’s THE premier Parade Day party,” said Fran Festa, who is the vocalist and bassist for The Wannabees. “And we get a ‘crows nest’ view of the party on the ship from our vantage point on stage. Best seat in the house!”
Cooper‘s began the buffet to meet customer demand. “Last year, we did a little survey and found that we had people from 19 different states here,” said Jack. “We are expecting between 200 and 300 people at the buffet alone this year!”
The entire Cooper family and loyal staff will work both parade days. “St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are the most fun days of the year,” said Jack. “People are always in a good mood, and we get to see so many of our great customers.” –Ben Freda