Marconi's Ali Morsy

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ... ?

October 14, 2006|By Jacques Kelly

When Marconi's restaurant closed in June last year, its patrons worried about what would happen to Ali Morsy, the Baltimore institution's beloved waiter who memorized their drink preferences and always knew which people wanted to skip the anchovies in their chopped salads.

Morsy took three weeks off last summer and joined the staff of the Capital Grille at Pratt and Gay streets in the Inner Harbor. He says he's busier than ever and helps serve the 400 people who might show up on a packed Saturday night. Instead of the five long days he worked at Marconi's, he works four nights and serves two lunches.

"I'm lucky to have found such a great place," he said. "I see it as a promotion, and my customers have followed me. I focus on my job. I miss Marconi's but the times have changed." He still makes it a point to memorize the food and drink preferences of his regulars.

Morsy works at the Grille with other Marconi alums, including chef Keith Watson.

"You have to continuously reinvent yourself," said Sam Sara, a manager at the Grille who had been a Marconi maitre d'hotel. "Those who fail to do so will cease to exist."

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