As his departure for the Philadelphia Eagles nears, Connor Barwin fans are singing the blues all over town. But Saturday night, spirits ran high as Mark Sullivan and Dawn Fudge hosted a TexMex/tequila-infused going-away party at Dawn's Last Concert Cafe.
The powerhouse turnout came from all corners of the city with the likes of Bun B, Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd and Texans teammate T.J. Yates celebrating or rather bemoaning Barwin's departure. Even the linebacker's parents, Peggy Bailey and Tom Barwin, flew in from Sarasota, Fla., for the festivities.
The party crowd knocked back Pura Vida margaritas, grazed through the buffet and grooved to the sounds of New Orleans rockers Earphunk. Reports are that a rave-like atmosphere prevailed as the band blasted and barefoot guests hit the sandpit to test their hula hoop skills and to display their free-form dancing talents.
Among Barwin's gridiron brethren making the scene were Owen Daniels, Arian Foster, Brooks Reed and Duane Brown — plus ex Texan Eric Winston. Add his steady squeeze Dr. Laura Busher and his roommate Pat McGinn to the mix. Even team docs, Dr. Jim Muntz and Dr. Walter Lowe, joined the fray.
This is one time that the guest list really is worth reading as partygoers included comedian Jenny Johnson, Pass & Provisions chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan, Eatsie Boys Matt Marcus and Ryan Soroka, rebel chef Randy Rucker, restaurateur Lonnie Schiller, Griff's founder Michael Griffin, UP Restaurant GM Oscar Aguilar, Continental Club owners Bob and Lane Schultz and party people James Sivco, Tricia Harrison, Jason Reeves, Jack Highberger and so many more.