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Pass Landmark 'Farmhouse' Closes Doors For Good

The eatery and attached shop closed down before the new year.

Arguably one of Banning's most recognizable landmarks, The Farmhouse restaurant is well known among locals and travelers alike for both the food it served up-- and the patriotic atmosphere it evoked. 

Located at 6261 Joshua Palmer Way just east of Highland Springs Avenue, the big red barn is easy to spot from Interstate 10, which lies just south of the eatery.  And could miss Rollie the rooster standing outside?

But if you've driven by lately, you may have noticed the place is much quieter, as the parking lot sits empty and the words "out of business" are etched on the window that was once filled with red, white and blue decor.

Owner Jackie Palmer Kennedy closed the establishment down after 23 years just before the new year, on Christmas Eve, according to the Press Enterprise.

Kennedy, who turned the establishment into a living tribute to her son Joshua M. Palmer and all those in the U.S. armed forces, said she was losing money and couldn't keep it open any longer.

She told the Press Enterprise: 

“My son and I and my husband, we just kept putting money into it. We just kept waiting for the economy to get better...We tried to keep going as long as we could, finally I couldn’t keep it.”

More than 20 employees were let go when the restaurant closed, the PE reports.



Carol Stull February 13, 2014 at 01:39 PM
The cost of her lease on the building / property was through the roof. Jackie's sister, Kathy, built the present "Grandma's" when the lease on her old place did the same thing. Just capitalism - the American way although some may call it legalized extortion.
Mary Falcon February 13, 2014 at 03:13 PM
sad ! food was good , better yet Jackie was always there to greet me with a hugg .. i'll miss her ... LOVE YOU JACKIE ..
Patrick Gordon February 13, 2014 at 07:10 PM
It would make an awesome Church Building,alot of possitive energy there...@ Pastor Marc Stamper and Pastor Steve baker.. : )
Char Jagoe July 18, 2014 at 06:18 PM
THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW OPEN - NEW OWNERS, BUT SAME ATMOSPHERE - FEATURING SPECIAL BREAKFAST FOR $3.00.
Jeremiah July 18, 2014 at 07:42 PM
It is now "Farm's House" instead of "Farm House". **** I had a pretty decent patty melt there the other day! **** Jeremiah

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