Ellicott City rallies for a waiter in need

March 20, 2012|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Rob Groomes, the lead server and bartender at Portalli's, was severely injured on the night of March 6 while attempting to break up a fight just over the Main Street bridge in Baltimore County.

The owners of Portalli's are throwing a fundraiser for Rob at their other property, the nearby Diamondback Tavern. A $5 cover, 25 percent of the food sales and a 50/50 raffle will go toward plastic surgery to repair damage done to Rob's face and eye. Drink specials include $1 domestics and $2 imports and call brands.

Evan Brown, a part-owner in both restaurants says that Groomes, an employee of seven years, "is one of the kindest, gentlest people that I know. He really likes to take care of people.

Brown says that servers at both restaurants have been pooling a portion of their nightly tips for Groomes and that both restaurants have been sending over food and other provisions to Groomes, who lives across the street from Portalli's. "This is the least we can do for him."

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