Last Sunday, I drove through Maryland's rolling hills to Westminster, Maryland, where the Washington Romance Writers (WRW) hosted its annual retreat. I met one of its members for lunch at O'Lordans Irish Pub. From its website (link),
The stone building appears on the maps between 1867 and 1870 as part of a land tract marking the opening of the west end of town. It opened as a foundry where they developed and refined innovative machinery such as the "Lion Fodder Crusher", making the job of local farmers easier. In 1878 the property was purchased by B. Frank Shriver Company. Having paved the way for advances in the canning industry, Shriver sold the property to Farmers Supply Company.
We have knowledge of several special uses of the building. There was a live chicken house, barber shop, teen center and practice hall for the Westminster Municipal Band. The first floor housed the Stone House Restaurant owned and operated by the Sharkey Family in the 1930's. It also Housed B's Coffee Shop operated by Bernice "B" Fox in the 1980's.
My luncheon partner enjoyed Beef and Guinness Stew:
Tender beef slowly cooked in a rich Guinness gravy with pearl onions, carrots & potatoes. Served with old world bread.
I savored Bangers and Mash (that was also cooked in Guinness beer).
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