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April 8, 2008

Connolly's Seafood Restaurant

Dear Evan,

Here it is: Connolly's Seafood Restaurant, in all its glory.

The caption to this photo from 1991 is a sad one though:

"William Owens, A  Connolly's Seafood Restaurant employee, arrived for work Wed. afternoon, only to discover the "closed" sign." 

Digging even deeper in our archives, I found this gem from 1980 ...  

That's right folks -- Willie Don himself!

With fish, of course.

(Top photo by Amy Davis/Sun Photographer. Second photo from Sun archives) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:11 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Random stuff


Sam Sessa - journalist AND researcher. The ever-expanding resume.

Poor Willie Don and this city's tyranny in keeping us from a proper Inner Harbor statue.

Apparently the problem was that this was the only photo they could find to model the statue after...


Dude i owe you like ten pints

Disclosure: I've been working on a sort of extensive history project regarding my father, who passed away some years ago, detailing his haunts, traditions, that sort of thing. During this process Connolly's was one of the very first and very loudest things to pop into my head, a place where our family unit would go for dinner or Sunday lunch with total consistency. It's where I learned to eat blue crabs.

I even met Willie Don as a 4-year old at that restaurant, my dad pushed me up to him and said 'say hi to the mayor!' like I knew what that even meant. God, that place was awesome. I don't (want to) think it changed one bit from whenever it opened in the 20s or something until 1991.

They even had a big parrot in the front. I'm going to start crying now.

Now don't go all soft on us Evan ...


I mean naw I'm cool, I just got back from riding my motorcycle while shoulder pressing a chick and a keg of beer.

Evan, it's okay. You don't have to overcompensate here. You are with friends. Come in here for a hug.

dude. I just talked to the Epicurious LIZ about this post and BOY is she TICKED!!! I'm talkin' 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule ticked. look out for flying lead. word.

Seafood is a boon to us, it's enriched with full of minerals and vitamins. Eating seafood’s reduces risks of heart attacks, stroke, obesity, and hypertension. As I came to know while reading yesterday an article on Seafood for Good Health

Right on, 'phill joan', right on...

Wow... i remember that place. I used to take a friend who moved here from the left coast and show him what real seafood was like. although i always suspected that some of the seafood came from someone out back with a fishing line.

Thanks for this! I'm Karene Connolly the last of the Connolly's of the seafood house. There's a Facebook page called Connolly's Seafood Memories that I started for people to reminisce. I will tell you that that place wasn't haunted, it was HAUNTED!!! LOL! Check out the FB page and feel free to contact me at

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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