My name is Walter Rogers (Tripp) and I am one of the owners of Innisfree Irish Pub. I came to Tuscaloosa in 1990 to attend the University of Alabama and graduated in1995. Following graduation, I worked on the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. After the Olympics finished I moved back to Tuscaloosa to open Planet Smoothie in 1997, which was a smoothie and health store. In the winter of 1997, we began construction on Innisfree in downtown and opened in May 1998. Since opening, we have moved locations once from Greenboro Ave. to our present location on University Blvd. We are currently in our 22nd year of operation and employ around 80 people that are mostly UA students. We also have a location in Birmingham, which has been open 19 years.