A toast to William Donald Schaefer at Mama's on the Half Shell
By Erik Maza
Apr 19, 2011 | 8:24 AM
Tributes to William Donald Schaefer started Monday night at Harborplace and Camden Yards.
They were modest and personal, reporters Jean Marbella and Julie Scharper write. Tokens of appreciation for the way he championed the city for so long. The former mayor, governor and comptroller died Monday at 89.
No doubt, those tributes continued with toasts in his honor at bars all over the city, and will likely continue tonight.
But if you wanted to pay your respects at a bar Schaefer patronized himself, there aren't many options anymore. Not that there were many to begin with.
Schaefer was not a big drinker, recalled Liquor Board chairman Stephan Fogleman.
Retired Baltimore Circuit Judge Thomas Ward tells Laura Vozzella Schaefer was a loner, despite his flamboyance.
"On trips together, I never saw him gamble, drink, carry on or misbehave. He was essentially lonely. For all his publicity stunts, it's hard to believe he was essentially a shy guy," Ward said.
The bars and restaurants Schaefer did frequent have passed on themselves. Like so many politicians, Schaefer was known to eat at Werner's, which was near his law office, Fogleman said.
And the bar/restaurant Schaefer was most associated with, the old Connolly's on Pratt Street, closed in 1991. Schaefer went there weekly with his mother, Fred Rasmussen wrote a few years ago.
Ironically, Connolly's now has a life of its own, though in a whole new package.
Its liquor license has been taken up by Mama's on the Half Shell, which both in menu and decor, pays tribute to the beloved seafood house.
It doesn't seem like the Canton Square restaurant has anything special planned to commemorate Schaefer's passing, but a restaurant that already pays tribute to one institution might just be the best place to toast another.
Photo: Gov. William Donald Schaefer, in a hat equipped with cans of soda, talks with bicyclists as part of the announcement of a 360-mile bicycle tour of the state. (Baltimore Sun)