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Deer Park to host Prohibition Party

The Spring Street bridge, which has been closed between Lindenwood and Tyler avenues for more than a year, is opening Oct. 5 -- much to the glee of Deer Park Irish Pub owner, Tony Henry.

Business has gone down 30 percent since the city started work on the bridge, which is the most direct way to get to the pub. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the bridge's opening, the pub is having a Prohibition Party -- because the past year has felt like prohibition for Deer Park (1530 Leesburg Road).

"I fully support the county's effort to maintain safe bridges and improve traffic flow," Henry said in a press release. "But we have a paid a big price with a downturn in business, and now it's time to celebrate the bridge's opening."

The party, which starts right after the 4 p.m. ribbon-cutting Friday, will include some Batch 19 beer, a prohibition-era beer recipe recently found and brewed by the Coors Brewing Co.

Check out JG columnist Frank Gray's September column about the party here.