STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State is again offering money to State College taverns which close or refuse to sell alcohol for State Patty's Day, but this year taverns will be paid between $2,500 and $7,500 -- depending on their occupancy -- instead of a flat $5,000 each.
The university paid 34 bars, restaurants and bottle shops to halt alcohol sales to counter the unofficial St. Patrick's Day celebration created by Penn State students called State Patty's Day. This year it's scheduled to occur March 1.
The Centre Daily Times reports businesses with occupancy for up to 100 customers would receive $2,500; those with up to 200 customers will receive $5,000; those with up to 349 customers will receive $6,000; and those with room for 350 or more will receive $7,500.
It's unclear how many licensed establishments plan to close.