Where: 504 Winters Lane, Catonsville.
Hours: Downstairs nightclub open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily; upstairs restaurant open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-9 p.m. Sundays.
Menu: Mostly Mexican, with crab soup and light fare also available.
Credit cards: All major cards accepted except Discover.
Call: 744-7458. On hearing there's a new restaurant and nightclub called Willy D's, you can't help wondering if Gov. William Donald Schaefer has a little business on the side.
Truth is, there's no connection between the nightclub and the guv, although Mr. Schaefer and first friend Hilda Mae Snoops have been spotted taking advantage of the bargain matinee prices at the nearby Westview Cinema.
As a club site, Willy D's has been through enough changes in identity without even bringing the governor's name into the equation. In the early '80s, there was the Near East exotica of King Farouk's, and most recently, the south-of-the-border tacos of Sancho's Cantina.
Willy D's, at Route 40 and the Beltway, is an upstairs restaurant/downstairs nightclub operation that has kept some of the hot sauce from its most recent incarnation. In the downstairs cantina, that means a taco bar at the weekday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour, and a modest selection of Mexican beers.
Typically, many upstairs diners end up heading downstairs for late-night dancing. Many patrons also come over after seeing a movie at the Westview, induced by a discount in which a movie ticket stub is good for 20 percent off the total bill.
Food and drink specials in the cantina include a Wednesday ladies night with a "$5 bottomless cup for all ladies." (I know some women who would not be very ladylike after taking advantage of that offer.)
Even though the decor of the cantina is virtually devoid of Mexican motifs, the nondescript bar, nearby tables and smallish dance floor are OK for the no-fuss, blue-jeaned crowd that gathers Wednesdays and Thursdays for DJ-sparked dancing, and Fridays and Saturdays for live rock bands.