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April 15, 2011

Last breakfast at Werner's

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I stopped by Werner's on the way into work for the last breakfast. The luncheonette (even the word sounds archaic) closes for good after it serves lunch today.

The reality is that Werner's had faded badly; the gleam was definitely off the chrome. 

What was impressive was how valiant the staff was. It sure looked to me like they'd been all but abandoned by the restaurant's ownership; lately, they'd been bringing in supplies -- and food -- themselves.

Not many customers were there at 8 a.m., when I stopped in. A handful or so. Pat Correa, who works in the building next door, was eating breakfast at counter. She told me the same thing I'd heard before, that the relocation of State employees from the building next door really took a bite out of Werner's wernerdevitobusiness.

Correa said she she liked going somewhere where the staff knew her, and that she loved the way the waitresses bantered at Werner's - across the room, loudly.

A man no one knew had brought in a pot of coffee and even helped clean up the kitchen a little. Sheila Morris, the head waitress, was trying to figure out who he was.

Maybe more people will stop by at lunch to say good-bye.

Tell us about your last-day. Have you ever worked at a restaurant on its last day? Or made a point of stopping by somewhere to say goodbye.

Top to bottom: the original water fountain, Danny DeVito's chair, the interior.  More Werner's photos.

werner inside Here is a photo gallery of other nostalgia-inducing Baltimore restaurants.

Baltimore Sun staff/Algerina Perna


Posted by Richard Gorelick at 10:21 AM | | Comments (2)
        

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We got there at 6:45, hoping there'd be a line, but instead we had the place to ourselves for close to an hour. I'm furious that Werner's owner obviously cares not a whit, wonder why he even bought the business, and pray the building owners get that Werner's interior is priceless and irreplaceable. The only thing separating me from wanting to run the place is a partner or sugar mama/daddy.

Shades of "Last Night at the Lobster"!

:)

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You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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