Historic Neighborhood Restaurant – A Community Gathering Place for Over 110 Years!!
Nestled alongside the transport route developed and used by the famous General Braddock of the French and Indian War, The Braddock Inn was a popular stop for dignitaries, summer visitors and boarders. The Braddock Inn has been a veritable landmark in Frederick County, MD for over 110 years! Originally part of a thriving resort community at the turn of the 20th century, The Braddock Inn is one of the last public remnants of that bygone era.
Through the years, The Camp Schley Inn, later named The Braddock Inn, served as a boarding house, a restaurant, a hotel, and even a ski lodge. Because the town of Braddock Heights was once a bustling resort town where people flocked to enjoy the gorgeous views, the cooler weather, and the popular attractions, The Camp Schley Inn was the perfect spot to frequent.
The inn has changed hands several times throughout its 114 years of existence. Local townspeople have maintained high hopes that this historic inn be preserved as one of Braddock Heights most memorable remaining landmarks.
Owners Carlo & Heather Dan are keeping the hopes alive and well.
In May of 2014, they purchased what is now called The Braddock Inn. They immediately got to work gutting and tirelessly renovating the inn from top to bottom, ensuring that this historic spot will remain a fixture in Braddock Heights for years to come.
Since purchasing the building, Carlo and Heather have cleaned it out and renovated it – from painting to refinishing the beautiful wood floors to adding a smoker in the kitchen, to replacing all of the kitchen equipment, they are continuing to upgrade the building. It’s truly been a labor of love.
While Heather spends most of her time behind the scenes as the office manager, Carlo runs the restaurant on a day to day basis. He has spent the last 20 years gaining the knowledge and honing the skill set necessary to make his dream of owning his own restaurant a reality. Carlo is a born host and thrives on his guests’ satisfaction.
The Inn operates a scratch kitchen run by Carlo who has worked at Volt in Frederick, MD and Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Adam’s Morgan. Together, Carlo and Heather have created an eclectic, seasonal, smoke driven menu that draws primarily from Sam’s southern heritage and Carlo’s Cuban roots.
Despite Carlo’s vast experience and knowledge, The Braddock Inn has no pretensions to fine dining. It is a family owned and operated neighborhood restaurant that is casual and comfortable enough to bring your family to, yet has all the accoutrements to make it a lovely date night locale as well.
Owner and Operator – Carlo Dan
Owner and operator Carlo Dan, has spent the last 20 years gaining the knowledge and honing the skill set necessary to make his dream of owning his own restaurant a reality.
Carlo’s passion for hospitality began in 1995 when he joined the staff of Barry Berkowitz, a hospitality master, at the Melting Pot in Rockville. Within less than a handful of years, he worked his way up from bus boy to General Manager. He remained with the Melting Pot until the birth of his third child in 2006.
After leaving the Melting Pot, Carlo enrolled in culinary school and graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Art Institute of Washington. He was the honors fellow for German Master Chef Edwin Scholly and performed his externship under Chef Scholly at AIW’s in school restaurant, Culinaire. During his time at AIW Carlo also completed his level two certification with the International Sommelier Guild.
After graduating from culinary school in 2008, Carlo spent a brief amount of time on the management team of Vapiano’s in Washington DC. Then, after learning from a fellow culinary school student about a fine dining concept that had recently opened in Frederick, MD, Carlo jumped at the opportunity to further expand his culinary and beverage knowledge.
Carlo spent the next five years at Volt as a service captain; mastering the steps of fine dining service and learning everything he could from Chef Bryan Voltaggio.
Despite his many years of work and study, there was still one gap in Carlo’s skill set. To fill this gap, Carlo accepted a position as service director at Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Adam’s Morgan in 2013. With over two thousand labels of whisky alone, it was here that Carlo learned the nuances of fine spirits.
When Carlo discovered that The Braddock Inn had become available, he seized the opportunity to employ all of his skills and knowledge into creating the perfect outlet for his passion for food, beverage, and hosting.