Ouita Michel and her husband, Chris, have a simple goal for their restaurant: to make customers feel at home. The hospitality the South is famous for, combined with the fact that the restaurant is housed in a 160-year-old home, makes attaining that goal possible.
Native Kentuckian Ouita met native New Yorker Chris in cooking school at the Culinary Institute of America. When the couple got engaged, Ouita’s mother insisted she return home from New York to have the wedding. When they got to Kentucky, Ouita remembered how much she loved her home, and the newlyweds never returned to the Big Apple. It was while they were working at a restaurant in Lexington that the opportunity to buy the Inn fell into their laps. The great-grandson of the house’s second owners showed them the house on a Sunday, and the next day it was theirs.
After practically tearing the interior down to its studs and then putting it back up again, they opened for business. Ouita runs the kitchen, and Chris takes care of their award-winning wine cellar. The menu changes seasonally, but always includes distinct Southern dishes such as Kentucky Hot Brown and pecan-crusted trout with creamy stone-ground grits.
The Holly Hill Inn
426 North Winter Street
Midway, KY 40347