Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Answers To Google Searches

One of the weird perks of running a blog is using Google Analytics to watch the searches that lead people to HowChow. At times, searches suggest a rumor or news that people are trying to confirm -- like when repeated days of "Looneys Maple Lawn" identified the bar that would replace Trapeze.

This is a few answers to questions that people seem to have:
  • Is Desi Bazaar in Columbia still open? Yes. I called today, and they're open and selling Indian and Pakistani foods.
  • Did La Palapa open a branch in Burtonsville? Almost. The Howard County chain opened La Palapa Three in Silver Spring near the intersection of Rte 29 and Briggs Chaney Road.
  • Did the Fractured Prune in Ellicott City close? I don't know, but it appears that it might have. (I'm in Florida so I can't confirm.) The location isn't listed on the corporate Web site, and the phone number that I had for the store (410-203-2992) has been disconnected. This follows the closing of the Columbia store, which closed in September although it was still full of equipment and supplies a few weeks ago.
  • Is someone opening a "coal fired pizza" off Rte 108 in Ellicott City? I don't know, but I'd love information if you know anything.
And one question of my own -- Why are you searching "Trapeze Closes" every day? Someone started searching this term about three weeks ago, and now there are eight or nine visits a day based on that search. What do you want to know?


rdonoghue said...

It's definitely coal fired something. The sign's pretty visible from the road, but the logo is unfamiliar. For those looking, it's just north/west of 108 & Snowden, in the same new complex with the Wine Seller, Starbucks and Coldstone.

-Rob D.

BeerGuy said...

Thats a bummer if the Fractured Prune is out, my brother's in town this week and I was going to get some donuts from there.

nuttyturnip said...

There's a Coldstone in Columbia now?

rdonoghue said...

Don't know if it's open yet, but the sign is up.

-Rob D.

JNU3 said...

The Coldstone is definitely open. I went about a month ago.

CurranStat said...

Fractured Prune in Ellicott is unfortunately closed. I was at Rita's next door the other night and they had paper covering all the windows and door. There was a sign about a new restaurant coming soon in it's spot...I want to say "Pokey's Grill", but I'm not sure if I'm remembering that right.

HowChowBlog said...

Thank you for all the comments. I appreciate the updates.

Lotsabogeys said...

It is Coal Fire Pizza. The sign only says Coal Fire, but the business is Coal Fire Pizza.

Anonymous said...

Just stopped by Coal Fire Pizza in my quest to help my son find a summer job. The place is almost done (and is quite beautiful inside) and should be open in 2 weeks, barring any last minute clinches.