When Kris and Leigh Clear dreamed about opening a restaurant, they never expected it would be one that was a foundation in their hometown and owned by family friends. As the new owners of Latitude 38, the Clears are aware of how ingrained the restaurant has been in Oxford and want to continue to offer the great food and atmosphere that the community has enjoyed since the restaurant first opened over 31 years ago.
With backgrounds in the hospitality business, Leigh, a respiratory therapist, and Kris, a high-end residential property manager, felt they could provide a welcoming environment for people to enjoy. What will be different is the menu. Head chef Kerry Clear, Kris’ sister, will be serving a variety of Eastern Shore/Southern-influenced dishes.
The Spy sat down with the Clears on the eve of their opening day. They expressed gratitude for the community that has embraced them and the help that former owners Gretchen Gordon and Wendy Palmer continue to give them.
The Clears live in Easton with their two young boys.
Latitude, located at 26342 Oxford Road, is currently open Wednesday – Saturday 5:00-10:00 pm
Val Cavalheri is a recent transplant to the Eastern Shore, having lived in Northern Virginia for the past 20 years. She’s been a writer, editor and professional photographer for various publications, including the Washington Post.