TANEYTOWN -- The innkeepers at Antrim 1844 will open a public restaurant next month where waiters in tuxedos will serve five-course meals.
Richard and Dorothy Mollett have converted the smokehouse, summer kitchen and slave quarters, which join the main house, into a restaurant with seating for 50 people.
The three rooms have red brick floors and walls and are filled with tables with white cloths and high-backed red plaid chairs. The Molletts say the atmosphere is that of an English country pub.
"We're trying to keep the rustic charm," Mr. Mollett said.
Part of the charm for guests will be walking a short distance outside to the bathrooms. The Molletts are in the process of putting modern plumbing in the outhouse.
The couple said they're opening the Smokehouse Restaurant mainly to serve guests at the inn. Guests who drive 60 to 150 miles to get to Antrim often don't want to get back in their cars to find a place for dinner, Mr. Mollett said.
"We're really looking to feed our guests," he said.
The couple opened the bed and breakfast at the historic mansion three years ago with four guest rooms. They've gradually been expanding and now have 13 guest rooms. Rates range from $125 to $250 a night.
Reservations will be required for dinner, which will cost $50 and be served at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Diners will be given a choice of three entrees, which might include filet mignon, stuffed pork chops, whitefish, Cornish game hen or lamb.
All breads and desserts will be homemade, Mrs. Mollett said.
Because the chef will know how many people are expected, everything will be prepared fresh, she said. The Molletts have installed a new commercial kitchen.
Michael Sell, currently working as a chef and manager at the inn, will be doing the cooking, she said.
The presentation of the dinner will be an important part of the meal, she said. Each dining room has a fireplace and meals will be served by candlelight.
"Service has to be impeccable," Mrs. Mollett said.
The innkeepers have applied for a liquor license and have a hearing before the county liquor board next month. They said they hope to open the restaurant by mid-August.
The Molletts also plan to open a gift house called "The Inn Things" in the springhouse behind the main house. They plan to sell toiletries, stationery, bathrobes, lingerie, china with the Antrim logo, some antiques and other items, they said.
The couple also hope to attract guests to Antrim with a championship-sized croquet lawn for tournament play.