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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.

calimesajim February 12, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Huh, parking lot seemed like it was usually full. I only went there once. Their prices seemed much too high to me. Maybe in a bad economy that had something to do with the decline in business. I do know it was a landmark for many years.
Jeremiah February 12, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Ate there a couple of times. The food and service was good, but the prices kept me away. **** Jeremiah
kim murphy February 13, 2014 at 12:49 AM
The decline in cleanliness and food drove us away! I actually got food poisoning and that was in Aug 2013!
Washy February 13, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Yes the decline started when Josh was killed in Iraq. The family never recovered from losing him (of course I don't know how one would recover from such devastation)
Michael February 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Sad, Jackie always took care of us fireman there! After large fires in the pass area the farmhouse had open arms for all of us.
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.. : )


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