Tommy’s Country Ham House announced on its Facebook page Jan. 31 it will close its doors following the retirement of owner Tommy Stevenson this spring.
“This has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made,” said Stevenson in a statement. “The Country Ham House has been my life. This year I’ll be 80, and I want to spend more time with my children and grandchildren. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, so I felt it was time to relax a bit and do some of the things I’ve not been able to.”
Tommy’s Country Ham House first opened in 1985 on Buncombe Street in Greenville before moving 20 years later to its present location on Rutherford Street. Through its 36 years of operation, it has served as a stop for politicians on the campaign trail.
The property was purchased by a Charleston-based restaurant group, which plans to remodel the existing building and open a new dining concept in early 2022.