From The Grille

April 14, 2004 – DiRoNA

Port Land Grille Wins 2005 Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award
Joins Ranks of Most Celebrated Restaurants in United States, Mexico & Canada

Wilmington, NC–Port Land Grille has just been added to the elite roster of restaurants that have earned the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Award – one of the most prestigious awards in the fine dining industry. To date, only 827 restaurants in the world have received this honor.

“I am incredibly proud of our 61 new DiRoNA award recipients and guarantee that these restaurants represent only the best fine dining has to offer in the United States, Canada and Mexico,” says David E. Stockman, Chairman of DiRoNA and Senior Vice President and Assistant Secretary of Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc. in Pasadena, CA. “I look forward to welcoming the new 2005 DiRoNA award recipients as well as current DiRoNA awardees to our Annual Awards Conference in Palm Beach. A great deal of culinary talent resides in our member restaurants, and it is a privilege to celebrate another great year in fine dining with such an esteemed group of professionals.”

Based in NY, NY, DiRoNA was established in 1990 to promote the fine dining industry and offers the only fine dining guarantee in all of North America. The DiRoNA award is bestowed upon only the most distinguished restauranteurs. To become eligible for the Award, restaurants must first be in operation under the same ownership for a minimum of three years. An anonymous, independent 75 point inspection of the property is conducted to review the quality of the food, wine, service, physical property and décor. The DiRoNA Award is the only program of it’s kind, scrutinizing every aspect of the dining experience from the making of reservations to the presentation of the check.