Arthur J. Pasquantonio, 58, restaurant owner

April 19, 2003

Arthur J. Pasquantonio, a founder and former owner of the Water Street Exchange restaurant and bar that was known for its cobblestone "beach parties" in downtown Baltimore, died of a brain tumor Sunday at his home in North Topsail Beach, N.C. He was 58.

The longtime Ellicott City resident was born and raised in Pittsburgh. After earning his bachelor's degree in accounting from West Virginia University, he moved to Baltimore.

He and his partner, Bruce C. Schoeberlein, who died in 1998, established the Water Street Exchange in 1982 on a small cobblestone street a few blocks north of the Inner Harbor.

Several times each summer, the partners staged one of the city's most popular beach parties -- complete with palm trees, sand and tropic plants -- in front of their establishment.

While a steel band played Caribbean tunes, revelers, some dressed in bathing suits and bikinis, partied well into the night.

In 1995, Mr. Pasquantonio sold his interest in the club and moved to North Carolina, where he opened the Mainsail Restaurant in North Topsail Beach.

After Hurricane Fran washed away the restaurant in 1996, he rebuilt the establishment in Surf City, N.C.

He was also a part-owner of the Green Turtle restaurant in Sneads Ferry, N.C.

Mr. Pasquantonio was an avid collector of vintage cameras, kitchen equipment and tools.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rosalia Roman Catholic Church in Pittsburgh. Plans for a memorial service in Baltimore were incomplete yesterday.

Mr. Pasquantonio is survived by his wife of a year, the former Amy Humes; two sons, Steven Pasquantonio of Surf City, N.C., and Michael Pasquantonio of Kalamazoo, Mich.; a daughter, Loraine Pasquantonio of Baltimore; his mother, Elizabeth Napoleon Pasquantonio of Pittsburgh; and two brothers, Richard Pasquantonio and Robert Pasquantonio, both of Pittsburgh.

His marriage to the former Judith Schaefer ended in divorce.

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