Local Restaurant Continues to Thrive Throughout Pandemic

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ROME, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — A little over a year ago, Shelly Gardner opened a restaurant in Rome called Gardner’s Farm-To-Table restaurant.

“I wanted to build a place that was good value, healthy, delicious, and at a price point that you can afford to eat there everyday or at least a couple of times a week.” – Shelly Gardner, Owner, Gardner’s Farm-To-Table Restaurant

Shelly grows several ingredients herself, including dill, tomatoes, potatoes, basil, lemongrass and cucumbers all located right in the front of the restaurant.

“The food is real. There’s no truck that pulls in and goes beep beep and I shop everyday and so everything is fresh.” – Shelly Gardner, Owner, Gardner’s Farm-To-Table Restaurant

Shelly says part of the reason she opened her restaurant was to help fulfill the needs of her son Hunter, who has disabilities. But she was pleasantly surprised to see how successful her business would become.

“It gives him his autonomy of his strengths of his disability which is math and greeting, this is really Hunter’s place. I love him more than life itself. It just started out to be a sleepy little place that we could come and create our world and it’s doing well and I’m very proud of that.” – Shelly Gardner, Owner, Gardner’s Farm-To-Table Restaurant

Since the pandemic they’ve extended their hours and now offer breakfast and brunch on the weekends. They also do take out and now have gluten free and vegetarian alternatives.

“This topography I’m a minority no matter what box you want to check, so why would I not make that table as inclusive as possible as I could make it?” – Shelly Gardner, Owner, Gardner’s Farm-To-Table Restaurant

Shelly says she’s eternally grateful to have so much support from the community, just doing what she loves with her son.

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