March 17, 2020 – Cedarburg, WI – The St. Patrick’s Day tradition continues at Schwai’s in Cedarburg as Tommy, Kathey, grandson Seth and the crew were busy serving hot corned beef sandwiches.
Tommy O’Schwai was decked out in his traditional olive green t-shirt and 1986 Schwai’s St. Paddy’s Day cap. Grandson Seth put his own uniform together with a bright orange Schwai’s t-shirt, some bright green beads and a sparkly green tie.
“Now we’ve got people coming up with all this virus baloney,” punned the butcher Schwai. “Just live your life, keep eating corned beef and Schwai’s brats and sausage and that will help keep the virus away.”
Hot corned beef sandwiches with a pickle and side of brown mustard or SPICY horse radish were selling for $6 a piece. Corned beef by the pound was $11.
“Back in the old Schwai’s St. Patrick’s Day we would sell 500 pounds of corned beef,” he said recalling the days of Schwai’s in Cedar Creek. “Lot of green beer, lot of money to the Threshold, and by night if people were drunk there was no where to fall down because it was shoulder-to-shoulder at the bar.”