Two Morrow’s Pub expects a big rush after the last marcher passes for Sunday St. Patrick's Day Parade, as owners Bob and Sheila Morrow will be celebrating their reign as parade grand marshals.
The longtime business owners were selected by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, which runs the parade. Gail Hoag, executive director of the chamber, said the Morrows have always come to the need of any organization that asked.
“We pick someone who supports the community,” she said. “Whenever we’ve asked for anything, they’ve always been very supportive of our different events.”
Though the husband and wife were born and raised in Central Islip -- where they were high school sweethearts -- they have become honorary members of the Patchogue community through the pub, which they opened in 1977.
“We consider ourselves pretty much Patchogue people through business,” Sheila Morrow said.
Two Morrow’s has had not only a loyal patronage over the years, but a loyal workforce -- Bob and Sheila’s six children, who range in age from 41 to 24.
Sheila Morrow -- whose motto is, “You’re living with me, you’re working for me” -- said there is a Morrow in the bar at all times.
“Whether it’s a sister, brother, nephew or good friend of the family,” she said. “Someone’s always there.”
Sandra Morrow, 41, of Shirley, said she was 7 when her parents bought and renamed the pub, which had been a community staple since the 1930s. She said owning a pub had always been her father’s dream, and growing up, everyone helped out at one time or another. She said her parents’ enthusiasm and dedication were infectious.
“It’s a huge commitment, it becomes your life,” she said. “They were married not only to each other but to the bar.”
Sheila Morrow said she and her husband, who still live in Central Islip, were surprised when they heard in December that they had been chosen as grand marshals.
“We were absolutely thrilled,” she said. “But then we said, ‘Why?’ We didn’t know that just being here so long was the criteria.”
But Sheila Morrow, who said she is practicing her “queen wave,” admitted she and her husband have been very involved in the community since the beginning. Though running the pub keeps them from being physically involved in many organizations, she said they have always been quick to write a check for a good cause.
“We do get involved,” she said, citing such organizations as the local Kiwanis and Lions clubs, schools and churches as regular recipients, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.
Bob and Sheila expect more than 200 people from Long Island and out of state to attend the parade on their behalf.
“We’ve met so many friends over the years,” Sheila said. “You wouldn’t believe it. They start out being customers, we see them once, we see them twice, three times -- they’re friends. That’s the real joy."
Find all the information you need to know about Sunday's Patchogue St. Patrick's Day Parade here.
Bob and Sheila Morrow stand in front of Two Morrow's Pub. (Feb. 27, 2011)