BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Don’t despair, while there may not be a parade on St. Patrick’s Day, the sound of bagpipes will fill the air at Goodman’s Deli, 400 Springfield Ave.

March 17 marks one year since Goodman’s closed its dining room in an effort to slow the spread of COVID 19. Traditionally the biggest day of the year for the restaurant, St. Patrick’s Day was the first day the state ordered all restaurants to close their dining rooms and offer their customers only takeout and delivery service. Don Parkin, who owns Goodman’s Deli, and his staff rose to the challenge of the closed dining room that day and have continued to do so every day since. 

Parkin said he ordered 1,300 pounds of corned beef for the big day, and, on Wednesday, Goodman’s will be serving up its traditional corned beef and cabbage platters, with potatoes and carrots, for $15.95. Parkin said “last year was busy, with a lot of people placing and picking up orders.” 

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During lunch and dinner Goodman’s will have two local bagpipers Mike Higgins and Drew Mullins serenade its customers as they pick up their corned beef platters, or other meals. Higgins, who is from Berkeley Heights, and Mullins, who lives in New Providence, are members of St. Columcille Pipe Band based in Kearny, and have played in many parades and international competitions. 

To order corned beef platters for pickup call 908-898-0900, fax 908-898- 0905, or drop by the store at 400 Springfield Ave., but don’t be surprised if you have to wait a bit for your order. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information visit the website.