By Mary Bubala

BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  A downtown institution closed its doors Friday after more than six decades of service.

Mary Bubala reports Werner’s was a favorite breakfast and lunch spot for many, but tough economic times took a toll on this classic restaurant.

Werner’s opened on Redwood Street in downtown Baltimore in 1950. But after 60 years of service, the iconic breakfast and lunch spot is closing.

“I am devastated. I can’t believe they are closing. They are a tradition. They do everything the old way,” said Cynthia Knox, customer.

It’s also loved by filmmakers. Scenes from the movie “Tin Men” with Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito were filmed at Werner’s and Baltimore’s own Barry Levinson transformed it for his movie “Liberty Heights.”

The restaurant is known for its sandwiches and its homestyle cooking. The art deco decor is original.

On the final day, Werner’s was packed with loyal customers coming for one last meal.

“It’s like Cheers where everyone knows your name.  They know exactly what I want when I call. They all know my name. They are all friendly,” said Amy Patton, customer.

With a proclamation from the Mayor’s Office, a former Werner’s waitress sat down with WJZ to reminisce.

“We like to give people a break in their work day. I felt like it was kind of doing a service in Baltimore to come in, take a load off. I don’t know what’s happening for you at work, but if you come in here I am going to try to make you smile or give me a begrudging grin of some sort,” said Misty Letts, former waitress.

The staff at Werner’s only learned that it was closing this week. Many of the employees are unsure of what they will do.

Werner’s was on many architectural tours of Baltimore.

Comments (7)
  1. sheriff willie says:

    Very sad, the passing of an old friend. It’s a shame the city, it’s leadership if it had any couldn’t come up with a plan to take this over having in place someone with the knowledge & desire to run a restaurant. Nah, the city would much rather have another rip-off take out pricey heartburn joint. Baltimore sucks in sooooo many ways.

    1. joe says:

      It’s not the city’s responsibility to keep a restaurant open. Sad to see it go though.

    2. Jeff says:

      Your rant doesn’t have anything to do with the above article. The city isn’t responsible for running this private business.

  2. ShadowDancer says:

    Wasn’t it just SOO nice of the management not to tell the employees until this week that they were closing? They had to know before this week.

  3. Dave says:

    damn if they do, damn if they don’t…..everyone cries when the government bailed the car companies out, calling it “big government”…….saying businesses go under all the time, they shouldn’t interfere, it isn’t there place…….now you cry when the government doesn’t take over a business……wow!! When has it been the governments place to make sure a PRIVATE business stays open???

  4. Ernie says:

    While it is not the government’s responsibility to keep Werner’s open, they haven’t exactly been hospitable to business owners and have chased many out of the city.

    Many of these downtown business that have moved out were probably Werner’s customers.

    1. sheriff willie says:

      Ernie,…Amen, that was my point.

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