A hallway in the restaurant is filled with plaques and certificates from local ball teams and clubs supported by the business over the years.
Steven Keith, the Daily Mail's "Food Guy," noted in a 1997 review that the Farm Table was famous for serving up "those home-cooked meals that always make you feel warm inside: chicken and dumplings, meat loaf, roast beef, turkey and dressing, baked steak.
"The Farm Table has been a longtime favorite for local diners who know they can drop in anytime for quick, friendly service and large portions of deliciously simple food," Keith wrote.
The restaurant had a near-death experience in 1991 when it burned to the ground. It was subsequently rebuilt at the same location: the southwest corner of D Street and 5th Avenue.
Mary said that at its peak in the late 1990s, the restaurant was grossing $1.4 million a year, had a staff of 52, and was selling more than 15 pies a day. It was not uncommon for the restaurant to sell up to 60 pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas, she said.
The restaurant was down to about 14 employees when it closed. Mary said she will greatly miss loyal employees like Tami Smith, Heather McNamara, Melvin Atkinson and Drema Burrell.
The business, at 419 D St., is one of several longtime landmark restaurants to recently close in the area. The Blossom Deli, at 904 Quarrier St. in downtown Charleston, closed on Sept. 4 after a 16-year run under the ownership of Bill Sohovich. The Southern Kitchen in Kanawha City closed in 2007 after more than 60 years.
South Charleston has seen numerous restaurants open during the last several years on Corridor G and in the area near the Mound, where the Farm Table is located. Bob Anderson, the city's business recruiter, said, "We hate to see them close. I think the new restaurants are having an impact on the old restaurants."
Runyan, the real estate broker, said the property is zoned commercial and could be purchased as a restaurant or for another use. A doctor has already expressed an interested in taking the space, he said.
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.