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Annapolis Maryland has an abundance of historical locations. From the oldest Statehouse in the union to the landing place of Kunte Kinte. Annapolis has history covered.

113 Main street has been a part of this history and has seen over 200 years of Annapolis' evolution. Built in 1774 as the Rose & Crown, this tavern was a local gathering spot for both Royalists and Revolutionaries. By 1836, 113 Main Street had tuned into Sam's Café, the only dining and dancing establishment in downtown Annapolis. This was Annapolis' Golden age. A waterside Tavern served as a portside communications network long before there was an internet. Sam's Café became the meeting place for merchants, sailors and locals alike. Discussing trade, politics and enjoying entertainment, 113 Main Street was the social centerpiece in downtown Annapolis.

After WWII, 113 Main Street became LaRosa which actually offered the first pizza pie in Annapolis and other desirable amenities exclusively. By 1964, 113 Main Street became the first Cabaret Theatre in the area.

The 70's brought Fran O'Brien's, named for the owner who played for the Redskins as a defensive lineman. The steak and seafood menu became a favorite amongst the legislators and politicians, a distinction it still enjoys.

And in 1993 Fran O'Brien's became O'Brien's Oyster Bar and Restaurant owned and operated by Jerry Hardesty.

Jerry brought back the emphasis on Chesapeake Cuisine and Annapolis Hospitality. The décor pays homage to the sports heroes of the Naval Academy as well as the history of Annapolis.

Any property that has been around as long as O'Brien's has its ghosts. O'Brien's is supposedly the home to a few. During its long life the building has seen the scene of a few notable events, not to mention the use of the upstairs as a place of "ill repute."

The storage rooms where liquor and other such items are now stored, used to be tiny bedrooms. Now of course the trade is in food and in fun.

Whatever the century or decade, O'Brien's at 113 Main Street Annapolis is the place to be in Downtown. With live entertainment nightly and a great menu.