NASHUA — Patrick's Pub & Eatery was once again recognized for their outstanding community service and involvement at the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association's (NHLRA) Awards Dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua. Sponsored by American Express, The Good Neighbor Award honors restaurants that have gone above and beyond in giving back to their communities.
As the NH winner for the small business category, Patrick's will be eligible for the National Award which includes $5,000 to the community effort of their choice as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to receive their award. Citing Patrick's success in the Pub Mania fundraising event that supports the WLNH Children's Auction, National Restaurant Association Director Tom Boucher presented the award to Patrick's owners Jeff & Allan Beetle.
This is the second time Patrick's has received this prestigious award, winning it their first time year of operation, as they were recognized previously in 2008. The Pub Mania fundraiser raised a record $177,545 this past December and has now raised $562,000 in the first five years of the event.
Patrick's owners and staff have also been involved and supportive of the WOW Trail, a project whose aim is to build a 9 mile multi-use recreation trail along the active railroad corridor in Laconia, as part of a regional effort spanning from Meredith to Franklin. Co-owner Allan Beetle has been serving on the WOW Trail board since its establishment over 10 years ago and is currently serving as the President of the WOW Trail group. The first 1.3 miles of the trail was completed in 2010 and the WOW Trail group expects to double the length of the trail, connecting to the town of Belmont, in late 2014.
In addition, Patrick's has a "Giving Back" program that has supported a variety of community projects over the years, directly contributing over $25,000 back to the community. Patrick's Pub & Eatery is currently in its 26th year of operation. Patrick's has been recognized on numerous occasions for their community involvement including the Belknap Economic Development Council's Corporate Soul Award and the NHLRA's Restaurant of the Year Award.