Adding Some Color — Weeks 7 & 8

Punk’s Backyard Grill came a long way over the past two weeks.

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


Tiles, Walls, and Frames — Week 6

The second half of last week was rainy and wet, so plans to install the slate siding on the building were delayed. But framing for the floor to ceiling windows and the entry vestibule continued.


Out the rain, the contractors made a lot of progress inside Continue reading

Punk’s featured in Sunday’s business section

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

Shop your way to free food at Westfield Annapolis

If you ever needed a reason to get started on your holiday shopping, here it is.

Westfield Annapolis
1st Anniversary Celebration
November 14 – 16

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.

And here’s the best part — Continue reading