Highland Inn has closed after 18 months of operation. Housed in a renovated 1890s farmhouse, the Howard County restaurant was owned by Brian Boston, the executive chef and co-owner of the Milton Inn in Baltimore County.
"We shut the doors this morning," Boston said on Thursday.
"I realized probably a year ago that I wasn't spending enough time there. I'm a perfectionist. I didn't feel comfortable running it from a distance" Boston said.
Boston said he had "quietly" put the Highland Road restaurant property on the market last year but it didn't sell. "Finally, we got to a place where I couldn't keep making the payments," he said. The restaurant property is now in receivership, Boston said.
"I'm focusing all of my energies no the Milton Inn," Boston said. "Were about to put in in $400,000 worth of renovations and my partners and I have re-signed our lease through 2040, which will be the 300th anniversary of the original building."
Boston said he has brought the front-of-house manager and another longtime server from the Highland Inn over to the Milton Inn. He said he is trying to find new positions in other restaurants for Highland Inn's chef and sous chef. And he is working on a way for customers holding Highland Inn gift certificates to use them in other restaurants.
Originally scheduled for a July 2012 opening, Highland Inn, located in the town of Highland, opened in January 2014. Its opening was slowed both by budgeting problems and by unexpected bureaucratic hurdles, Boston told The Baltimore Sun at the time.