Brian Boston, executive chef and owner of the Milton Inn, is opening a new restaurant in Highland, an unincorporated community in western Howard County near Clarksville.
A ground-breaking for the "modern-traditional" restaurant, to be called Highland Inn, is scheduled for April 30. The price points at the Highland Inn, according to Boston, will be lower than those at the Milton Inn, which has established itself as a regional destination restaurant. Located in Sparks, in north Baltimore County, the Milton Inn was recently recognized by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences with its Star Diamond Award.
"I'll still be at the Milton Inn doing my thing," Boston said. "I'll still be here during my normal hours. We will be hiring an executive chef and a front-of-house manager for the Highland Inn."
Highland Inn, Boston said, has been years in the making. Boston first started talking with the owners of the Highland property about four years ago. "The town of Highland has been wanting a full-service restaurant for a long time," Boston said. Plans were moving ahead, Boston said, when the economy took that nose dive. Financing remained a major obstacle but eventually came through.
"It's definitely going to be different," Boston said about Highland Inn. But it will be the same, too. Like the Milton Inn, the Highland Inn has acreage to support gardens and tented events. And while the Milton Inn has increasingly turned to its neighboring farms, Highland Inn looks to be a full participant in the farm-to-table movement. Boston said that he's pursuing green certification for Highland Inn.
The 150-year old farmhouse structure housing the Highland Inn lies southwest of the junction of routes 29 and 32.