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A Eulogy to Sir Edmond Halley’s

Posted on 22 Jul 2010 by Justin Ruckman

photos fetched from Sir Ed’s Facebook page

Jeremy Markovich (@deftlyinane) was at Sir Edmond Halley’s last night for the last call of a Charlotte institution. Sir Ed’s saw a huge crowd on closing night due in part to tremendous support on Facebook from people who heard about the closing.

Jeremy wrote the following eulogy for Charlotte Magazine — a great read:

Sir Edmond Halley’s lived a good life. It passed away Wednesday night, surrounded by family and friends.

Its loved ones drank it into the great beyond in an alcoholic maelstrom. Normal bar rules did not apply. First the beer ran out. Then the liquor started to wane. The crowd only got bigger. People didn’t request a specific drink. Rather, they sheepishly asked the bartender what they were ALLOWED to order. What’ll ya have? Gimme a beer. Or whatever you’ve got. Near the end, a guy in an orange Hawaiian shirt was too specific. “I’d like a tequila, with salt and lime juice,” he asked. “We don’t have salt. We don’t have lime juice,” the bartender said. “But we do have…” she took a hard glance at the near-empty shelf. “Well, we have tequila.” She pulled out a plastic shot glass, pounded it on the bar and poured.”

Read the full piece at Charlotte Magazine.

How long have you been going to Sir Ed’s? Got any unique experiences? Share them in the comments!


  1. eric hurtgen 22 Jul 2010 at 2:02 PM

    it’s a sad day. been going there for 7 years. my friends and i know most of the servers by name. so many memories: late nights, afternoons, birthdays, new years’ parties, assorted holidays…

  2. Misty Massey 24 Jul 2010 at 10:37 AM

    My heart is broken. I loved Sir Ed’s, although since losing my job I hadn’t been there in a while. And now I can’t ever go again?

    My fondest memory was after the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” We’d gone to the movie in our pirate garb, and decided to dine at Sir Ed’s after, still dressed for the high seas. Not only were the staff great sports about a horde of pirates invading, but they recruited us to sing for another diner who was celebrating his birthday the same night.

  3. dude, you're the bomb! 7 Sep 2010 at 5:37 PM

    tobin was the best. a remarkable chef and a rare person; most metaphysically round.

  4. Lane Jefferies 28 Jan 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Sir Edmond Halley’s is glad to say that we are back and going strong — newly renovated, but with most your same favorite staff and menu. We hope you will come by and visit us again.