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Upstate restaurant serves final menu after 36 years



A Upstate restaurant closed its doors after 36 years in business Sunday. Tommy’s Country Ham House in Greenville served its final menu during what the owner, Tommy Stevenson, called the busiest day in his restaurant’s history. Stevenson announced plans to retire earlier this year. “When we built this restaurant, we built it wide open where families (and) people can meet each other and it’s worked out,” said Stevenson. Customers from around the region made it back to Tommy’s on Sunday, including a couple from Canton, Georgia, who said they drove about three hours to see Tommy. The restaurant was also a fixture for local law enforcement and a must-visit for presidential candidates, including Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump, when each was on the campaign trail. “I try to get around to everyone that comes in this restaurant to thank them for what they’ve done for me because without them and my staff, the Country Ham House would never have made it,” said Stevenson. Stevenson’s staff surprised him with a fishing rod for retirement, which he said, he looks forward to using. Around 3 p.m. Sunday, Stevenson flipped the lights for the final time. While he’s looking forward to retirement, he said he’ll miss the restaurant and is thankful for his customers and staff. “I’m going to miss it, miss my customers and my staff. They’re the best,” he said. “Whoever gets my staff is going to get some fine people.”Lewis BBQ is set to open a Greenville location at the current site of Tommy’s next year.

A Upstate restaurant closed its doors after 36 years in business Sunday.

Tommy’s Country Ham House in Greenville served its final menu during what the owner, Tommy Stevenson, called the busiest day in his restaurant’s history.

Stevenson announced plans to retire earlier this year.

“When we built this restaurant, we built it wide open where families (and) people can meet each other and it’s worked out,” said Stevenson.

Customers from around the region made it back to Tommy’s on Sunday, including a couple from Canton, Georgia, who said they drove about three hours to see Tommy.

The restaurant was also a fixture for local law enforcement and a must-visit for presidential candidates, including Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump, when each was on the campaign trail.

“I try to get around to everyone that comes in this restaurant to thank them for what they’ve done for me because without them and my staff, the Country Ham House would never have made it,” said Stevenson.

Stevenson’s staff surprised him with a fishing rod for retirement, which he said, he looks forward to using.

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, Stevenson flipped the lights for the final time.

While he’s looking forward to retirement, he said he’ll miss the restaurant and is thankful for his customers and staff.

“I’m going to miss it, miss my customers and my staff. They’re the best,” he said. “Whoever gets my staff is going to get some fine people.”

Lewis BBQ is set to open a Greenville location at the current site of Tommy’s next year.

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