Another chunk of Baltimoreana is gone with the closing of Connolly's Seafood House on Pier 5. Appropriately, though, the 87-year-old waterfront landmark is making room for a $164 million center for high-technology marine research.
Before the glittering Inner Harbor began bringing in bus loads of tourists, Connolly's was a homey sort of place where families could gather for an unpretentious meal. Over the years, many of its regulars became movers and shakers, including William Donald Schaefer, who regularly ate there Thursday nights as long as his mother was alive.
Connolly's may or may not come back in a new building later on. We say farewell to an old friend with a toast that appeared on its menu: "Here's to today, the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."