The co-owner of much-lauded Dallas Italian restaurant Mille Lire and his family were among the victims of a plane crash in Addison that killed ten people.
The restaurant acknowledged the deaths of Brian Ellard, his wife Ornella, and children Alice and Dylan in an Instagram post on Monday. The family was killed one day earlier, when the twin-engine airplane they were traveling on crashed into a hangar at the Addison Airport, according to NBC DFW.
“Mille Lire was built around the tradition of our family, and as you can imagine, this sudden loss has affected us all,” the statement reads in part. “Our doors are still open and we are thankful for the support of our community. We continue to ask for thoughts and prayers for everyone involved.” Ellard opened Mille Lire in 2017, bringing classic Italian cuisine from chef Giuliano Matarese, brother-in-law of Brian Ellard, to its space at 3102 Oak Lawn Avenue.
Funeral details for Ellard and his family have not yet been made public. The restaurant will continue to operate during normal business hours.