MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The gaudy assembly of railroad ties, construction equipment, tour buses and other equipment meant to barricade Trula B's Coffee House from doing business in Berkeley Plaza last fall only helped attract more customers to the restaurant.
"It certainly brought people into the restaurant outraged that someone would do (this)," said Trula Christian, a partner in the business that opened in May 2007.
Christian said one man vowed to come every day that the blockade was in place around what formerly was a BB&T Bank branch in the shopping plaza off Williamsport Pike (U.S. 11).
"And he just about did," Christian said.
The makeshift string of obstacles lined up around the business on the morning of Sept. 18, 2007, led to the filing of a complaint in Berkeley County Circuit Court. The owners of Berkeley Plaza were named in the complaint filed by an attorney for Tucker Properties LLC, which purchased the building from BB&T in November 2006.