The Milton Inn in Sparks, Maryland. Image via Google Streetview.

The Foreman Wolf Restaurant Group expects to reopen The Milton Inn restaurant in Sparks, Maryland, in late spring 2021.

The Milton Inn’s previous chef and owner Brian Boston closed the restaurant in June 2020, citing financial challenges that were brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tony Foreman and chef Cindy Wolf, of Foreman Wolf Restaurant Group, partnered with Executive Chef Chris Scanga to take ownership of The Milton Inn.

“During these unusual times, we saw an opportunity to create something spectacular,” Foreman said in a statement. “This project is intuitive for me. Our goal is to guide this property to be what it should have always been. Additionally, Chris is a talented and smart young man who is the future of this. It is his time to shine. The Milton Inn is a natural extension of our overall brand.”

The 18th-century mansion that houses the restaurant sits on 3.65 acres of land and includes a patio for dining.

Designer Katie Destefano will update the structure’s interior with a “more comfortable, less formal style,” and the restaurant will reopen with an updated menu, according to a press release.

Wolf said she has long admired The Milton Inn’s character and history.

“Before I moved to Baltimore, I loved The Milton Inn the moment I saw it,” Wolf said in a statement. “As a young chef visiting from Charleston, South Carolina, it was a dream restaurant.”

Wolf highlighted the building’s stone structure, working fireplaces, abundance of windows, and enough land for a garden to grow produce for the kitchen and flowers for cuttings.

“It feels meant to be and I am truly excited about our partnership,” she added.

Scanga has served as the executive chef at Petit Louis Bistro, another Foreman Wolf restaurant, in Roland Park.

Starting at 18 years old, Scanga attended the Culinary Institute of America, and later externed at Forman Wolf’s Charleston restaurant in 2008.

After Scanga graduated from the culinary school, he returned to work at several of Foreman Wolf’s restaurants over 12 years.

“I have grown as both a chef and as a person during my seven years at Louis,” Scanga said in a statement. “To breathe new life into the historic Milton Inn is an unbelievable opportunity, a dream of mine for over a decade and a half. I am excited for this new chapter and will continue to make people happy by doing what I love.”

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at