My brother-in-law, Matthew Milani, started the Rumor Mill Fusion Bar & Restaurant in an old building tucked in the corner of Tiber Alley, just off of Ellicott City's Main Street. Since then, he and my sister, Lexi, have created a community of staff and guests that has led to both memorable meals and to an incredible number of memories.
In their time as the owners and operators of The Rumor Mill, they have poured their hearts into creating a dining experience that is about so much more than simply food. They are known throughout the community as people who generously give their time, energy, and talents to charitable causes; who care deeply about the people who work with them; and who always strive to be a positive presence in the larger community.
Saturday night, a sudden flood overtook Ellicott City and left devastating consequences for them and others. Though they have not yet been allowed to go back into the restaurant, Matthew saw the destruction as it was happening, as he led staff and guests to safety, and is anticipating that it will be a significant amount of time before they will be able to rebuild.
At this point, Matthew and Lexi don't really know what they need. They are overwhelmed and grateful for all the support they've received. I am creating this page as a way to help give them some breathing room as they start the many steps towards recovery. The Rumor Mill is one of their great loves - in addition to their son - and is also a true family business and their source of income.
If you are able, please consider donating. I am including a link to an article about how Matthew and his staff helped guests to safety during a terrifying moment.