Punk's Backyard Grill has closed at the Westfield Annapolis Mall. The restaurant, which opened in 2009, evoked an American backyard gathering. The kitchen was enclosed behind a structure that suggested the back of a suburban home, the dining room was filled with picnic tables and the ceiling was painted to resemble the open sky.
The closing announcement was posted Sunday night on the restaurant's Facebook page: "We are sad to announce that today, Sunday, January 6th, is Punk's final day of business. We are tremendously grateful to all of our loyal customers and to the Annapolis community. Thank you all for making our four years of business so fun, exciting and delicious."
The restaurant was the brainchild of McCabe, Sheila Laderberg and Jeffrey Sloan, who met at the highly regarded Cornell School of Hotel Administration, where their Punk's concept won the school's annual restaurant-concept contest.
Many Facebook comments expressed sadness that Westfield Annapolis Mall was losing not only a healthy alternative for family dining but the mall's one locally owned restaurant. Westfield's remaining tenants include California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, Five Guys and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.