The exterior still looks rough, but the progress is visible. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows were finally installed last week — evidently the delay was caused by a troublesome glass tempering machine.
The application of the slate tiles is almost complete. It’s a bit of a slow process since each tile must be applied individually, and the outside temperature can’t be too cold or the tiles won’t stick. Each slate tile has a slightly different color, so they create an attractive textured appearance when they’re all together. Continue reading →
Last week I spoke with Katie Arcieri from the Annapolis newspaper, The Capital, about the challenges of opening a new business during these difficult economic times. Here is an excerpt from Sunday’s article:
Sheila Laderberg, a co-owner and founder of Punk’s Backyard Grill, which is opening its first fast-casual restaurant at Westfield Annapolis mall in the January-February time frame, said her company lined up its equity investments a year ago, but noticed that lending restrictions got tight.
“The underwriting requirements and the guidelines got stiffer,” she said. “We felt very fortunate that we had a bank that was supporting us, especially as a startup restaurant.” Continue reading →
Westfield is blowing it out for the first birthday of its new expansion. There will be live music, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, trunk shows, a Bikram yoga championship, and as far as I can tell, no clowns.
This week the contractors made major progress on the storefront. As you can see below, we now have four beautiful windows and the beginnings of a structure for the entry vestibule and Punk’s Backyard Grill sign.