We all have our favorite college hangout. A place we’d load up on wings and pizza and when we turned 21, beer.
PJ’s was that place. A direct pour right across from the campus of Johns Hopkins University. And sandwiched between two big buildings sat PJ’s.
Jerry Smith owned the bar for 32 years. Now Jerry is calling it his last call. He’s declaring it time to chill out like his Natty Boh’s.
The man never went to Hopkins, heck didn’t even know what lacrosse was until the late 70’s and then he opened PJ’s and a Hopkins history lesson started.
They all call thru PJ’s. The ones who didn’t know whether they had the stomach for medicine. The ones who created a business at the next table over. The crowds after football and lacrosse games where you became one.
It was the friendliest bar in town and now it’s over.
Wednesday, August 23 was Jerry's last call. A pizza place will then move in but the memories of drinking in the basement will never fade.