Lewisburg’s newest restaurant revitalizes one of city’s oldest buildings

Greenbrier County

It is no secret that Lewisburg’s lively downtown district has rich choices for both casual and fine dining.
Now, a new business is calling an old stomping ground home.

The Humble Tomato moved into one of the oldest buildings in the city, which dates back to 1790. Making it their new home was a tall order for Owners Ken and Emily Santmyer, most notably with renovations leading up to last month’s soft opening.

“The history of the building is very important to us,” Ken said. “With an old house like this, you fix one problem and you find ten more.”

Their patience paid off for the restaurant, especially finding balance between preserving the structure’s past and modernizing the dining experience within it.

“We wanted to keep the history with a touch of the modern to make it a different feel in here,” Santmyer said. “It took a lot of whole work and a lot of time, but you only have one chance to do a first impression.”

Santmyer is looking to add daily specials and a brunch menu as part of their family friendly, lower cost menu.

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