Longtime Duluth restaurant Porter’s today announced that it will undergo a major transformation. Starting May 30, the restaurant will temporarily close. The restaurant will reopen with a new name, fresh look and updated menu.
“We are excited to begin our next chapter of serving Duluthians with this significant restaurant transformation,” said Gerry Goldfarb, General Manager of the Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth. “Through a major renovation and repositioning, we will provide Duluth and our hotel guests with a fresh new dining option. Duluth is undergoing major changes and improvements, and we are changing along with it to meet the evolving needs of today’s dining customers. We look forward to sharing the details of the new restaurant, theme and menu with the community in the months ahead.”
Porter’s restaurant has been a fixture of the Duluth community for over 30 years, serving hotel guests, visitors and locals — including many from nearby businesses. Hotel owners anticipate construction to start in the coming weeks. More details about the re-opening date and new restaurant brand will be announced in future months.
Porter’s has been a staple restaurant in downtown Duluth for decades. It is located inside the Holiday Center, on 207 West Superior Street. The $1 million restaurant renovation project coincides with the revitalization efforts of the Holiday Inn & Suites and Holiday Center, which are owned and operated by Lion Hotel Group. Lion Hotel Group will retain ownership of the restaurant.
Transforming Porter’s restaurant is a continuation of Lion Hotel Group’s investment in downtown Duluth.
Over the last four years, Lion Hotel Group has invested $6 million in renovation projects which have transformed the Holiday Inn & Suites and Holiday Center facilities. These efforts include:
. A full renovation of all guest rooms, suites and public areas in the Holiday Inn & Suites
. Relocating and expanding the Greenery Café and Bakery in the Holiday Center
. Building out the 5,000-square foot Lyric Conference Center in the Holiday Center, which opened in September of 2016
. Creating a 5,000-square foot office for Visit Duluth in the Holiday Center, which is currently underway
“We are exceptionally grateful to the associates who have served generations of Duluthians and visitors at Porter’s restaurant over the years,” said Mark Emmel, President and Chief Operating Officer of Lion Hotel Group. “Our success has always been deeply rooted in the hardworking men and women who have provided an exceptional hospitality experience. We also owe our gratitude to loyal Porter’s customers who have dined with us and become part of our family. With this renovation and rebranding, we look forward to continuing serving the Duluth community for many decades to come.”
Lion Hotel Group, a division of Labovitz Enterprises, owns and operates the Holiday Inn & Suites in downtown Duluth; the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Hermantown; the Home2 Suites by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota; the Holiday Inn in Bozeman, Montana; the Hilton Garden Inn in Palm Coast, Florida; the Courtyard by Marriott in Beavercreek, Ohio; and the Residence Inn by Marriott in Beavercreek, Ohio.