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Southern Proper Hospitality and Black Mountain Partners Acquire Monte Vista Hotel near Asheville, North Carolina

Mandy Dish
Southern Proper Hospitality and Black Mountain Partners Acquire Monte Vista Hotel near Asheville, North Carolina


Atlanta Restaurant Group to Open Second Location of Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails at Historic Black Mountain Retreat on May 16


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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Mayes

Melissa Libby & Associates



ATLANTA (May 8, 2018) – Southern Proper Hospitality (SPH) announces today that the Atlanta-based restaurant group has acquired The Monte Vista Hotel, located just outside of Asheville in Black Mountain, North Carolina, which was named “Prettiest Small Town Vacation in America” by TripAdvisor. Together with a few local partners, and Black Mountain resident Mike Boles serving as managing partner, they are turning the historic property into MV Boutique Hotel and transforming the hotel’s dining room into a second location of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, which will open on May 16. 


SPH, Boles and the local Black Mountain partners were attracted to The Monte Vista Hotel’s history, the potential of the property and the locals’ fondness for the hotel. Asheville’s growth and Black Mountain's ideal location to serve both locals and visitors sealed the deal. “Together, we are celebrating the history of this hotel while creating a boutique mountain oasis for the community that is comfortable, modern and classically hip,” says Boles.


The first order of business is bringing SPH’s beloved Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails restaurant to the North Carolina hotel. As part of the remodeled lobby and dining area, Milton’s will offer a menu of regionally inspired comfort food from executive chef Montae Hauser that will closely resemble the Atlanta location’s offerings. Since the opening of the original Milton’s in 2006, the restaurant has become synonymous with “seed-to-fork” dining thanks to the leadership and creativity of Derek Dollar, executive chef and Milton’s brand ambassador, and the 90 varieties of heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in the restaurant’s onsite garden. This tradition, along with Derek’s vision, will continue at MV Boutique Hotel with a garden on the property to supply the restaurant with produce and offer additional outdoor seating.


The historical integrity of the original structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2019, will be maintained and honored with future improvements planned for both the property and the facility itself. One of those improvements will include a private speakeasy, called Boxcar.


MV Boutique Hotel is located at 308 W State Street in Black Mountain, North Carolina. For more information, call 828-669-8870 or email


About Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is nestled in a restored 155-year-old farmhouse located in the historic district of Crabapple. The charming North Fulton restaurant serves contemporary Southern cuisine that utilizes fresh, local ingredients, many of which come from the restaurant’s onsite garden called Milton’s Acre. Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is located at 800 Mayfield Road in Milton, Georgia. The restaurant is open for dinner nightly and Sunday brunch. For more information, call 770-817-0161 or visit


About Southern Proper Hospitality

Southern Proper Hospitality owns and operates The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, Chido + Padre’s, Beni’s Cubano, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. Chosen by Restaurant Hospitality as one of the “25 Coolest Multi-Concept Companies in America” and named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies for 2017, Southern Proper Hospitality offers genuinely hospitable service and exceptional, high-quality food. For more information, visit