Simon Kahle Price, restaurant and bar owner

January 29, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Simon Kahle Price, who owned a Canton restaurant and a Butchers Hill bar, died Jan. 20 at Johns Hopkins Hospital of post-operative complications after an aortic aneurysm. He was 41.

Mr. Prince, the son of a pastor and a Baltimore District Court judge, was born in Baltimore and raised in Annapolis.

Known as "Si," Mr. Price was a 1985 graduate of Broadneck High School, where he had been a member of the wrestling, football and lacrosse teams.

He attended what is now McDaniel College and Catonsville Community College before earning a bachelor's degree in sociology from Towson University in 1992.

Mr. Price worked for the now-defunct Baltimore Brewing Co., which brewed German-style beers at its Jonestown location for 15 years and operated a brewpub before closing in 2005.

After his marriage to Jennifer Mueller, a chef, the couple opened the Wild Mushroom Restaurant in Canton. They later divorced.

After rehabbing a building on Fairmount Avenue in East Baltimore, Mr. Price opened Simon's Pub, which he operated until closing it in 2004.

"It was a welcoming and congenial place filled with repeat customers and new ones enjoying the excellent food and ambience," said his mother, Teaette Price, a retired Baltimore District Court judge. "Simon's personality and wit were its essence."

Mr. Price, who lived in Hunting Ridge, is survived by his wife of eight years, the former Midori Baer.

"Renowned for his intelligence, his kindness, generosity and quick sense of humor," his mother said, "Si's interpretation of life was always upbeat. His ability to narrate ordinary events with a keen sense of humor was amazing."

Mr. Price enjoyed collecting fossils, bird-watching, and camping on the west branch of the Potomac River in West Virginia.

His father, the Rev. Bruce Price, pastor of Patapsco United Methodist Church, died in 2002.

A memorial service for Mr. Price was held in his father's church Friday.

Also surviving are a brother, Benjamin Price of Aiken, S.C.; two sisters, Dr. Jennifer Corder of Annapolis and Heather Wykes of Frederick; and many nieces and nephews.

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