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Tommy’s Country Ham House shuts down after more than 30 years in business

Tommy’s Country Ham House in Greenville will close its doors this spring, after more than 30 years in the business. According to a version of the restaurant, owner Tommy Stevenson will retire, and the property was purchased by a Charleston-based restaurant group with plans to redesign the existing building for a new dining concept for its opening in early 2022. (Video above: Tommy’s Country Ham House celebrates its 30th anniversary) Stevenson said: “This was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made.” “Country Ham House has been my life. This year I will be 80 and want to spend more time with my children and grandchildren.” Stevenson, who is originally located on Buncombe Street, bought the restaurant in 1985. It moved to its current location on Rutherford Street in 1997. Along with regular diners, Tommy has been known as a frequent stop to confuse politicians, and photos of visitors line the restaurant’s “wall of fame” . “Away from family, Country Ham House has been a big bonus in my life. Running a restaurant is no easy task, but satisfaction comes when the dining room is full of people who say how much they enjoyed their meal and appreciate being there. This made 36 years of waking up early in the morning worth it. Stevenson In 2018, Stephenson was awarded the Palmetto Medal, the state’s highest civilian honor, bestowed on South Carolina citizens.

Tommy’s Country Ham House in Greenville will close its doors this spring, after more than 30 years in the business.

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According to a version of the restaurant, owner Tommy Stephenson will retire, and the property was purchased by a Charleston-based restaurant group with plans to remodel the existing building into a new dining concept for its opening in early 2022.

(Video above: Tommy’s Country Ham House celebrates its 30th birthday)

“This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made,” said Stevenson. “The pork house was my life. This year I will be 80 years old and want to spend more time with my children and grandchildren.”

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Originally located on Buncombe Street, Stevenson bought the restaurant in 1985.

It moved to its current location on Rutherford Street in 1997.

Alongside the regular diners, Tommy has been known as a frequent stopover to confuse politicians, and photos of visitors are lined up on the restaurant’s “wall of fame”.

“Regardless of the family, Country Ham House has been a great reward in my life. Running a restaurant is no easy task, but satisfaction comes when the dining room is filled with people who say how much they enjoyed their meal and appreciate being there. That is it has made 36 years of waking up early in the morning worth it. Stephenson said.

In 2018, Stephenson was Awarded Palmetto Medal, The state’s highest civilian honor, bestowed on citizens of South Carolina.

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