Easton's newest restaurant got its start, in a way, on the football field.
After games, Brandi Watson's kids would go out for fast food.
"And I was thinking, 'We need to feed them something other than McDonalds,' she said. "So I started making platters. And not long after that, I had people coming up to me and asking 'Do you cater?'"
From that catering business came Ms. Brandi's Wing and a Prayer, which held its grand opening Wednesday afternoon.
Dozens of people packed into the small space at 444 Northampton St. to support Watson, a West Ward mom who hopes to bring "contemporary comfort cuisine" to downtown Easton.
The restaurant was financed with the help of an $11,500 loan through Samuel Adams’ Brewing the American Dream program, and administered locally through the Rising Tide Community Loan Fund.
Watson benefits not only from the loan, but from other services the Sam Adams program has to offer, said Chris Hudock, Rising Tide's director.
"This type of business is the toughest to get funded" through traditional means, Hudock said. "Banks don't like to do a start up restaurant."
Easton Mayor Sal Panto helped Watson cut the ribbon on her business, and noted that while she one of several new merchants on the block, Ms. Brandi's was the only restaurant.
Waston said that's something that's helped give her place an early boost.
"Every day they stop by. I haven't had to do much PR. I come buy here at midnight, people are waving."
Ms. Brandi's is located at 444 Northampton St. To order, call 610-515-9900. The menu includes her signature chicken wings in eight different flavors, fried chicken, sandwiches, sides and a number of deserts.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Tuesdays.