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Porter's Restaurant closing for remodel, rebranding

Porter's Restaurant in downtown Duluth's Holiday Center will close May 30 as it undergoes a remodeling and rebranding. Brooks Johnson /

Porter's Restaurant will close at the end of the month ahead of a $1 million overhaul and rebranding.

The restaurant, connected to Holiday Inn & Suites and the Holiday Center in downtown Duluth, will shut down May 30. The reopening date and new name has not been announced yet.

"We are excited to begin our next chapter of serving Duluthians with this significant restaurant transformation," Gerry Goldfarb, general manager of the Holiday Inn & Suites, said in a press release Wednesday. "Duluth is undergoing major changes and improvements, and we are changing along with it to meet the evolving needs of today's dining customers."

The remodeling is part of $6 million in improvements at the hotel and shopping center made by property owner Lion Hotel Group in the past several years. Rooms and public areas have been renovated at the Holiday Inn; the Greenery Cafe and Bakery moved to the Skywalk last summer; and the Lyric Conference Center opened last fall.

Visit Duluth is also moving to a new 5,000-square-foot office now in the works at the Holiday Center. The tourism bureau is leaving its offices at 21 W. Superior St. as Allete Clean Energy expands its offices there.

Goldfarb said he expects to share more details on the future of Porter's Restaurant, including a name, theme and menu, in the coming months.

The timing of the renovation will see Porter's miss out on this summer's peak tourist traffic, when the Holiday Inn & Suites typically nears capacity on the weekends. The president of Lion Hotel Group, Mark Emmel, stressed in the press release that it's the longtime local support that has defined the restaurant's success, however.

"With this renovation and rebranding, we look forward to continuing serving the Duluth community for many decades to come."

Brooks Johnson

Brooks is an investigative reporter and business columnist at the Duluth News Tribune.

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