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End of an era for Olive Fitzpatrick
POULSBO — Olive Fitzpatrick has worked in the same restaurant for 22.5 years — from its former incarnation as the Blarney Stone, to the current Sian Palace.
A native of Ireland, Fitzpatrick came to Poulsbo in 1991 to work in her father-in-law’s restaurant. She became a beloved face in the restaurant off Viking Avenue ever since, and many regulars are sad to see her go.
“She’s one of the only bartenders that is universally liked,” said patron Dan Chamberlin.
Fitzpatrick said she’s enjoyed socializing and making friends with her customers, swapping life stories.
Fitzpatrick’s last day was Aug. 2, but friends are holding a celebratory goodbye potluck party at Sian Palace Friday, starting at 8 p.m.