Jason Feldman was raised in an Orthodox Jewish household.
He then married an Irish woman.
Considering those two facts, it makes perfect sense that he'd open Star and Shamrock Tavern & Deli, a pub-meets-deli hybrid on H Street Northeast offering the best of both Jewish and Irish delicacies.
"It's a lot more similar than you would think," Feldman said of the two traditions.
Star and Shamrock opened three years ago this April, and business seems to be brisk. The establishment serves up New York deli-style food inside an Irish pub atmosphere. You can also get traditional Irish fare and even Jewish beer.
Feldman stressed that the culinary influences aren't so much from Ireland and Israel but more reflective of the Irish and Jewish immigrant experience.
Feldman added that another deli was also needed in D.C.
"Part of the reason was I wanted to feed myself," he joked. "I figured I'd do it myself."
Star and Shamrock promises a busy weekend in celebration of St. Patrick's Day on Sunday. Feldman anticipates a packed house, being the only Irish bar in the neighborhood.
Plus the Irish-meets-Jewish thing has its appeal in commonalities.
"It's so much more in common than people think," Feldman said.
St. Patrick's Day happenings:
Star and Shamrock: The H Street bar that celebrates two cultures will focus on all things Irish this Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, the bar opens at 10 a.m. and includes Celtic dancers, live music and roaming bagpipers. 1341 H St. NE. starandshamrock.com.
Shamrocks & Shenanigans: This St. Patrick's Day celebration from Lindy Promotions celebrates its 14th year. Rumors plays host Saturday and Sunday to drinks, music, dancers and more. 1900 M St. NW. lindypromo.com.
Harrington's Pub & Kitchen: This National Harbor establishment celebrates its second anniversary this weekend. Drafts for a buck in the morning, kegs and eggs buffet, live music and more. 177 Fleet St., National Harbor. harringtonspubandkitchen.com.
Duffy's Irish Pub: Gotta love a place that takes an entire week to celebrate one day. Duffy's started last Sunday with Six Nations rugby viewing and has been going strong since. This Sunday the bar opens at 11 a.m. with live music, dancing and green beer all day. $5 cover. 2106 Vermont Ave. NW. duffysdc.com.
Fado: These guys are calling this the "Lost Weekend." Saturday is St. Practice Day with live music and rugby. The bar opens up at 7 a.m. Sunday and features food and live music. $10 cover starting at noon. 808 Seventh St. NW. fadoirishpub.com.
Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle: The Bethesda watering hole offers live entertainment all day, including music and dancers. Call for dinner reservations. 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda. flanagansharpandfiddle.com.
Irish Whiskey Public House: No cover all weekend. The pub offers drinks, bagpipers, giveaways and more. 1207 19th St. NW. irishwhiskeydc.com.
Ireland's Four Courts: Four bands on Saturday, followed by six bands on Sunday. The Arlington bar opens with breakfast at 9 a.m. each day. 2051 N. Wilson Blvd., Arlington. irelandsfourcourts.com.
James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar: Doors at 8 a.m. Sunday, kegs and eggs breakfast, live music, Six Nations rugby and giveaways. Dupont Circle. 1 Dupont Circle NW. jameshobansdc.com.
McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon: McFadden's parties for 32 hours this weekend with drink specials, live music and beat-the-clock Sunday morning. 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. mcfaddensdc.com.
McGinty's Public House: On Sunday, live music and dancers upstairs and down. $10 cover after 6 p.m. 911 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring. mcgintyspublichouse.com.
Murphy's Grand Irish Pub: Both locations offer live music, Irish dancing and early opening times Saturday and Sunday. 2609 24th St. NW and 713 King St., Alexandria. murphyspub.com.
O'Faolain's Irish Pub: If you're in Sterling, O'Faolain's opens at 7 a.m. for kegs and eggs. 20921 Davenport Drive, Sterling. ofaolains.com
Ri Ra Irish Pub: Both locations are celebrating St. Patrick's week. Complete with English Premier League soccer and live music. 2915 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, and 4931 Elm St., Bethesda. rira.com.