Bryan T. Flaherty, founder of the Black Woods Group of eateries and staunch supporter of the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center, passed away on March 5, 2019.
Bryan was a charter member of the Duluth Heritage Sports Center’s Board of Directors, serving two three year terms, between 2006 & 2011. He was a passionate advocate for our project, extremely instrumental in engaging members of Duluth’s hospitality industry to join with him to raise more than $500,000 to help with construction costs. In addition, through his Black Woods Restaurants, Bryan personally hosted many informative luncheon meetings to which the business community was invited, to apprise them of the Center’s progress and encouraging them to also become contributors.
We’ll miss Bryan…his humor, his passion and his inspiration… but, for as long as the Center stands, he will never be forgotten!