The Westview Lounge & Supper Club has been such a fixture on the west side of town for 27 years that the waiters make jokes about naming tables for their regulars. Certainly its most famous regular was the late billionaire Harry Weinberg, who kept a lowfile here as elsewhere.
Asked whether the elusive billionaire was a good tipper, Westview Lounge manager Loretta Flynn replied, "He was strictly business. He gave the standard 15 percent."
Harry Weinberg was wealthier than the rest of the clientele, but he was typical in that he was a conservative older man. The lounge draws customers who are 35 and up, with the emphasis on "up." Although the dress code was shed a few years ago, it's inherently a coat and tie sort of place. And as evidence of the conservatism, note the faded "Vote Reagan" bumper sticker that still adheres to an outside door.
Long popular for its mix of dinner and dancing, the Westview Lounge's L-shaped room is conducive to such a blend: the restaurant forms one leg, the lounge the other, with the bandstand and dance floor located at the elbow of the L.
Many people come for dinner and then stick around, but plenty of others come to the lounge a bit later for a light snack and nightcap. Particular lures are a Thursday ladies night with half-price drinks and a Friday night singles scene that draws from Catonsville area business parks.
Every Wednesday features a sing-along with Annie Beccio, while Top 40 bands play Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. While some funky music is tolerated here, Neil Diamond gets much more applause. Playing tonight and Saturday is the band Final Touch.
Westview Lounge & Supper Club
Where: Route 40 and Ingleside Avenue, Catonsville.
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday, closed Sunday.
Menu: features prime rib, stuffed lobster and crab cakes. Also a light fare bar menu.
Credit cards: All major cards accepted.