Deep Run welcomes new restaurant

Deep Run welcomes new restaurant

DEEP RUN — Residents of Deep Run no longer need to drive out of town to go to a restaurant.

Ashley Smith stands behind the counter of her new restaurant in Deep Run. Photo by Catherine Hardee / Neuse News

Farmhouse Restaurant on Old Highway 11 in Deep Run opened its doors a little more than three weeks ago, and in that time, owner Ashley Smith said she has been amazed by the response from the community.

“Deep Run has welcomed me with open arms,” Smith said

The response has been so amazing, in fact, that Smith said she had to close for a day after four days in operation because she had run out of food. 

Smith is a long-time resident of the Deep Run community, and she got her start in the restaurant business by working as a waitress. Her first experience in owning a business came when she purchased an ice cream shop located in an old farmhouse in the Albertson community in 2017. 

Smith decided this year to bring her business to her hometown, and the name and the decor were inspired by that first ice cream store.

The Deep Run location has been serving Blue Bunny ice cream and Dippin’ Dots since June, but Smith was encouraged to add food to the menu, and things took off from there.

Smith said her goal is to fill a void in the community while creating a truly welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

“With every person who comes in the door, I feel like I’m feeding family, not just customers,” Smith said. 

According to a group of teachers from South Lenoir High School enjoying lunch at Farmhouse last week, the location makes it very easy for teachers and students to patronize the restaurant. 

“It’s great, very convenient, and the food is delicious,” SLHS teacher Frank Emory said. 

Farmhouse serves subs, sandwiches, hotdogs and salads, plus ice cream. 

Farmhouse Restaurant, 3486 Old Hwy 11 in Deep Run, is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday, it is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. 

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