The Punk’s Blog in 2010…

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s what they came up with:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever (we’re not sure what that means, but that’s what they told us)

The numbers:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 42 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 141 posts. There were 40 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 32mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 29th with 113 views. The most popular post that day was Spring Menu Rollout Starts This Week!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for punks backyard grill, punks backyard grill menu, punk’s backyard grill, punk’s backyard grill menu, and backyard grill.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Spring Menu Rollout Starts This Week! April 2010


Menu September 2007


Earning Stripes as Food Tasters February 2008


Washingtonian 2010 Cheap Eats List! May 2010


About Punk’s July 2009


Small Business Saturday on 11/27

American Express has declared Saturday, 11/27 “Small Business Saturday” and we think it’s a pretty stellar idea.  Why do all the big box stores get the love during the holidays? It’s time to take it back, to support local business, and to make our communities just that, communities.  So, after you’ve fought your way through the throngs of people on Black Friday, think about Punk’s and all of those other local businesses out there that need your support.

Go local!

A couple good weeks…and reviews

It’s been a little over two weeks since we opened, and I’ve finally found a quiet moment.  We were able to work out a number of operational kinks in the first few days of service, but there is never a shortage of issues needing resolution or recipes needing tweaking…so goes the restaurant business! Continue reading

Hold On to Your Patio Chairs

KGI came last weekend and finished their work on the awnings, grill, and exterior sign.  The storefront is looking great since the cleaning crew washed all the windows.


Just a few more details and the dining room will be ready for guests.  The crew from Jan Ferguson Interior Plantscaping came yesterday to install our ficus trees, window boxes, and potted plants.


We’re almost ready to fire up the grill!


Almost There

It’s fast and furious these days as we get ready to open the doors.  Here’s a picture of the exterior taken last night.  There’s still a bit to go — KGI returns this week to illuminate the “Punk’s Backyard Grill” sign and finish installing more awnings.

Consider this picture an appetizer — I’ll post interior pictures next.


Still Finishing — Week 13

After weeks of anticipation, the KGI team arrived in Annapolis last Friday afternoon.  They worked through the weekend to install the major decorative elements in the restaurant.

Here’s a picture of the dining area with the new railings (picket fence on the right, wrought iron on the left) and giant trellis hanging from the ceiling.  Once we put the tables and chairs together this weekend, the dining area will be nearly complete.


My favorite part of the restaurant so far is the order counter area — I think the backyard-iness is really coming together in this space.  The picture below shows the striped awnings above the windows, the trellis above the order counter, the “pie window,” the lantern lights, and the garden hose-trimmed menu boards.


While I have been informed that bathroom pictures are not interesting, I’m posting one anyway.  There is still some work to be done (like installing a faucet), but I think it’s looking good — the tiling, lantern lights, and lattice mirror repeat the design elements of the main areas.


KGI goes to work on the exterior tomorrow, so we’ll have some good pictures by the end of the weekend.

Finishing Up — Week 12

I’ll blame the delay in posts on holiday events, because there was no shortage of progress on the site over the past couple weeks.  BGC is finishing up — laying the final floor tiles, applying the last pieces of exterior slate, installing restroom fixtures, and painting the patio railing.


Meanwhile, the Gill Group has been delivering and installing pieces of kitchen equipment.  Here’s a picture of the “Cold Prep” area in the kitchen.  The window on the left looks out into the back corridor, so guests can peek inside the kitchen.


The focal point of the restaurant is the 60″ grill that faces the dining area.  The grill itself will be part of a larger installation of hooding and custom fabricated stainless steel pieces.  The picture below shows the giant stainless steel hood sitting on the floor waiting to be hung above the grill.


KGI, the “finishing” contractors arrive on Friday to install the final decorative elements.  They have spent the past few months building our cabinetry, exterior signage, awnings, menu boards, and ceiling decor in their Ohio factory.  So they’ll load up an eighteen-wheeler and haul everything over to Annapolis to begin installation.  Since everything is already built, the transformation over the next three days should be remarkable.

OPEN INTERVIEWS — Dec. 21, 22, 23

Punk’s will be opening in late January, and we are looking for enthusiastic people with a passion for restaurants and hospitality to fill the following positions: Restaurant Supervisors, Line and Prep Cooks, Food Runners,  Bussers, Cashiers, and Dishwashers

If you know someone who might be interested in a full time or part time position, please send them to one of our open interview sessions. Here’s the important information: Continue reading