Then, things didn't happen as fast Boston would have liked.
Boston attributed the delay partly to the normal surprises that hamper any construction project, and especially this one, which involves renovating an 1890s farmhouse.
Beyond that, Boston acknowledges that progress was slowed by budgeting problems and by unexpected bureaucratic hurdles. Boston said that Howard County's various regulations weren't necessarily more stringent or arbitrary than those in Baltimore County, where the Milton Inn is located, just different.
Boston said that Highland Inn will be a "casual fine dining restaurant," serving Low Country American food. Highland Inn won't be as formal as the Milton Inn, Boston said, but it will still feel special. "We're hoping people can use us for special occasions but also for weekly visits," he said.
Boston said he's done a lot of research into the dining habits of Howard County residents and is hoping Highland Inn will fill a niche for upscale casual dining. But he said he's prepared to make adjustments, too.