An impending divorce is forcing the sale of the transporting Inn at Easton (28 S. Harrison St.; 410-822-4910), says chef Andrew Evans, who has co-owned the property with his wife, Liz, since 2000. Unfortunately for the destination's admirers, "There's no way to buy each other out," the 42-year-old restaurateur adds.
The inn, which includes seven guest rooms and a 45-seat dining room, is on the market for almost $2.5 million. The chef says he plans to go out with a "last hurrah" by cooking his final dinner there on New Year's Eve.
Evans won't be away from customers for long, however, and he won't be leaving Easton. In mid-January, the chef plans to open Thai Ki (216 E. Dover St.), a small restaurant offering "my favorite Thai food": 20 or so home-style dishes and nothing costing more than $14.
"At this stage of my life," says the soon-to-be-single father of two daughters, "I can't be locked into a kitchen every Saturday night." Helping him make good on that goal are staff members from the inn, who intend to follow him to his next project.
-- Tom Sietsema