Bar patrons seem to be extremely loyal to their watering holes, something we discovered when we were doing the research for our feature on the metro area's 25 best bars.
Something's missing, you say? One glaring omission, to be sure, reflects the sad fate that befell the perennial favorite, The Mt. Washington Tavern, when it was severely damaged by fire at press time.
We had the writeup all ready for inclusion in the feature: "After 32 years anchoring its neighborhood's commercial village, we still haven't tired of The Mt. Washington Tavern," we wrote.
We pulled it at the last minute, of course, because of the fire. But the good news is, tavern owners Rob Frisch and Dave Lichty plan to be back on their feet in just a few months so that the storied restaurant and bar can resume its rightful role as a mecca for Baltimore's preppies, yuppies, lax players, and Preakness fans.
We wish Frisch and Lichty the best of luck in the rebuild. And we hope to see them on our next "Best Bars" list!
On a personal note, and by way of a postscript, I'd like to indulge in a little bit of fatherly chest-beating. (You parents will understand, I'm sure.)
Those of you who followed my publisher's note in August might recall my pride at the graduation of my daughter Breanna from York College in Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude, with a B.A. in theater, making her the first in my immediate family to hold a college degree.
I prophesied at the time that she'd be a star of stage or screen, and I'm pleased to report she's on her way: She recently played a principal character in a pilot filmed in Baltimore for a television comedy series, produced by Barbie DeSantis, who owns Elias Productions, and directed by David DeBoy. Another of the cast members was Richard Sher, a good friend of former Baltimore TV anchor Oprah Winfrey, whose support for this production, Breanna hopes, could lead to the pilot being picked up.
I hope to have more details later, but no matter how it turns out, she's already a star in my eyes!