La Plata, MD – There’s a big change coming to the building to the west of the railroad tracks in La Plata on Charles Street. Casey Jones Restaurant and Pub will be no more in early August. Casey Jones’ owners have announced that after 38 years as a landmark eatery and bar the building’s ownership will change hands and a different restaurant will occupy the structure.

“From that cold Ground Hog Day in February 1980 when Nora opened for the first time until we close our doors Aug. 4, 2018, some of the most remarkable people will have walked through our doors,” Casey Jones’ owners stated in a letter that was circulated Monday, July 23.

According to EatWell DC restaurant group spokeswoman Ashley Mason-Greene, the new occupant of the building—The Charles Farm Table and Public House—is anticipating opening Oct. 1. Mason-Greene stated in a press release that the building will undergo a “modern farmhouse remodel.”

“We were quite saddened to hear about Casey Jones,” La Plata Mayor Jeannine James told TheBayNet.com. “It’s been a landmark, a destination. It creates a hole in our downtown.”  James added that she is “reaching out” to the building’s new owners. “I know the town will embrace them,” said Jones. “I hope the transition process is very smooth.”

James noted that Casey Jones was involved in the community, hosting the annual Shamrock Run, a 5 kilometer run/walk/costume party that was a fundraiser for charity. The mayor added that it was a popular dining spot for theater-goers in town before and after productions presented by the Port Tobacco Players.

“The Charles will be a neighborhood gathering place, very close to EatWell Natural Farm, where much of the produce that’s served by the entire restaurant group is grown,” am EatWell DC press release stated. The La Plata location will be EatWell DC’s first restaurant located in Maryland.

“We couldn’t pass up the opportunity of this amazing space and to become a greater part of La Plata’s community,” stated EatWell DC principal David Winer. “With our farm being so close, we look forward to integrating the two concepts and serving the people of La Plata and all of Charles County.”

The owners of Casey Jones will host a day-long farewell Saturday, Aug. 4. “We are saddened that this journey in our lives has come to an end but also excited because it means a new adventure,” they stated.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com