The lunchtime crowd has left, and John Woermer is behind the bar washing glasses.
Woermer’s presence at the Old Corner Cafe in Naugatuck is as connected to the 98-yearold, one-room tavern as the tin ceiling and broad picture window.
The trim, smiling borough native with the calm focus of a diamond cutter was 30 when, after working for a Ford dealership, he bought the North Main Street bar. That was in April 1972, when Schaefer, Reingold and Ballentine Ale were on tap; you needed only to be 18 to drink; and smoking was allowed.
This week, the 68-year-old Woermer will pull his last draft as owner of the Old Corner. He has sold the bar to another local businessman.
“It’s been a good ride,” he says, relaxed in the nearly empty establishment that is bathed in golden afternoon light. “I’ll miss the people. This is my kingdom.” Continue reading