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A tasty play on tradition at Maggiano’s

We’ve all seen our fair share of ribbon cuttings.

Maggiano’s Annapolis opened it’s doors Monday after a ribbon cutting ceremony using a 10 foot braided pasta ribbon. From left, Maggiano’s VP of Operations Ron Ryan, Managing Partner Terry Gibbons, Executive Chef Andrew Swindell, Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman, Maggiano’s President Steve Provost, Annapolis Chamber of Commerce President Bob Burdon, and Maggiano’s VP of Finance Scott Harrison. (Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos)

Leaders of a new business will gather with local officials in front of the new establishment. They draw attention to a long decorative strip of fabric, smile and pose for the cameras, and snip the ribbon with a shiny, sharp and often oversized pair of scissors, metaphorically freeing the establishment to open for business as the severed strip of fabric falls slowly to the ground.

For the new business owner or branch manager, it is a momentous occasion – likely the long-awaited result of months or years of planning. But for the rest of the world, it’s just like any other ribbon cutting.

But not at Maggiano’s Annapolis.

When the chain restaurant celebrated the opening of the new location at Westfield Annapolis Monday, it stayed with the theme of its Italian-American cuisine, ditching a brightly colored ribbon for something a little more delicious — a 10-foot braid of pasta.

Maggiano’s employees and Annapolis Chamber of Commerce President Bob Burdon gathered around Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and Maggiano’s President Steve Provost while they cut through the thick rope of carbohydrates that flopped down heavily between them.

The Annapolis Maggiano’s is the chain’s first location in the state of Maryland, which has restaurants in Chevy Chase  in Washington and Tyson’s Corner in McLean, Va., as well as 42 others in the United States.

“Annapolis is a thriving area with the historic significance of a state capitol and is the perfect backdrop for Maggiano’s warm, nostalgic atmosphere,” said Maggiano’s Managing Partner Terry Gibbons in a statement about the opening.

The new restaurant is expected to bring 165 jobs to Annapolis, and will be followed by two more restaurant openings at Westfield Annapolis by the end of the year. The mall also added a second food court earlier this year.