More than a year after severe flooding ravaged historic Ellicott City, Portalli’s, a restaurant on Main Street, will welcome customers back again.
The Italian restaurant is set to reopen Dec. 1, in time for Ellicott City’s Midnight Madness holiday celebration.It has been closed since July 2016, when record floods swept through the town, destroying businesses and homes and killing two people.
Brown said guests will notice a few changes, such as larger dining areas, and designers made a some adjustments to improve the flow in the kitchen. Overall, he said, the new Portalli’s looks like an updated version of the old restaurant, which originally opened in 2009.
The restaurant’s reopening marks another step in historic Ellicott City’s recovery. Ninety percent of businesses had reopened in Ellicott City as of July, and 70 percent of households had returned, officials told The Baltimore Sun earlier this year.