O’Rourke Featured in Courant

The Hartford Courant ran a pretty sweet article on Brian O’Rourke today. As if you didn’t need more reasons to know how awesome this guy is:

There are the donations he makes to charities, the martial arts classes he funds for disadvantaged children and the good works he did in and around his diner, from hiring those who were desperate and out of work to giving food to the needy.

“If my brother got paid for every piece of bread he gave out, he’d be a millionaire,” Terry O’Rourke said.

What’s more, you can ask him about the sketch he’s keeping at WesWings of the future O’Rourke’s!

Though O’Rourke has taken his show down the road, his mind and heart remain a few blocks from campus, inside the diner where he honed his craft for decades. On a shelf above his grill at Wes Wings, in a folder full of his own writings, O’Rourke keeps a reminder of his past – and the future.

One night, he opened the folder between orders.

“This is the dream,” he said, offering an artist’s rendering of the new O’Rourke’s Diner, a roomier, shinier version of what was truly a classic hole in the wall.