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April 6, 2008

Meeting Jim Quigley

The other day I said I'd post the story about my first run-in with Jim Quigley, the owner of Quigley's Half-Irish Pub in Ridgely's Delight.

Here it is ...


Normally, I visit a bar, hang out for a bit, then call it the next day and talk to the owner over the phone (so I can stay semi-anonymous).
I went to Quigley's once or twice and had a good time.
Since Quigley's was brand new at the time, I couldn't find the phone number anywhere. 
So I walked in wearing my Sun ID with a notepad in my back pocket.
Quigley was behind the bar.
He saw me coming, raised his arm, pointed at me and yelled "REPORTER!"
I stopped and said: "Yes ..." 
He told me he wouldn't talk to me about the bar because the kitchen wasn't up and running.
I told him I was writing a review of the bar, not the kitchen, and the review was going to run whether or not I quoted him in it.
Eventually, he agreed to talk to me.  
But it was by far the most awkward introduction I've ever had. 
(Photo by Lloyd Fox/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:39 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff



That'll teach you to wear a Sun ID into a bar!

Needless to say, once you both got out of central booking for the ensuing brawl, well, the review was less than flattering.

Given the name of the bar, I will take this opportunity to plug a great western starring Tom Selleck called Quigley Down Under. Definitely worth a Netflixing.

JTK, i still have the scars from that one.

Tom Selleck: Which is more famous -- the man or the mustache?

What's the deal with bar owners? Are they that special of a breed that Sun reporters make them shriek into the night? Or is it your ruddy good looks Sessa? What's with the kitty kat owner NOT wanting customers. RE: yuppies. I would think you can wear whatever the BLEEP you want as long as your paying for the beer.

I've been unable to get ahold of anyone at Quigleys by phone. I dialed 410-539-9052 (the posted number) No one ever answers & I get an automated voice that gives me just the phone number and says leave a message. Does anyone even get these messages? Help me. B. Berg

Hey sessa thats my nephew your messing around with, sam from your picture you look all "DORKED UP"(Cationsville-Old School dig) working for the Sun you gotta be a Dork. Hey drew I heard "Quigley Down Under" my entire fed career. Have a Nice day folks in Balmore

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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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