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Richard Dreyfuss
Werner's serves up its last lunch Friday
Werner's serves up its last lunch Friday

Werner's luncheonette, a downtown fixture since 1950 that was a gathering spot for politicians and lawyers as well as office workers and citizens serving jury duty, is closing Friday. Coming just a few months after the demise of Burke's restaurant, the closing of Werner's leaves downtown Baltimore without a single eatery dating from before the urban renaissance of the early 1960s — at least none with the pedigree of Werner's. One by one, they've closed: the House of Welsh in 1998, Marconi's in 2005 and Martick's in 2008, not to mention dozens of luncheonettes, diners and cafeterias. The crowds came for breakfast platters, homemade soups,...