154 S Main Street, Heber City, Utah
This Dër Ratskeller Pizza Shoppe was built in 1973, I love the classic vintage sign that remains. There were locations across Salt Lake and Idaho but it’s pretty much history now.
Located at 2060 S Windsor, just behind 825 E 2100 S in Salt Lake.
Nielsen’s Frozen Custard is a popular place with several locations around, this one is in South Jordan. I love their vintage looking neon sign.
3779 S Jordan Pkwy, South Jordan, Utah
For nearly 90 years eating at Dee’s has been a family tradition. Dee Anderson, a farm boy from Ephraim, came to Salt Lake City in 1924 with little more than the desire and determination to be in the restaurant business. In 1931, Dee borrowed $35, bought meat, pickles, and buns and began offering Utah citizens their first five-cent hamburger. Dee’s nine-stool hamburger stands sprang up around the city and were recognized as centers of hospitality.
During the golden era known as “the Fifties”, Dee introduced Utah to the high volume drive-in. All during this time, Dee expanded and refined the family restaurant concept to provide comfortable and clean surroundings accompanied with the finest quality food at an affordable price. Mr. Dee Anderson (1905-1997) passed away after celebrating 70 years of marriage and a lifetime of service in the restaurant community. Dee’s Family Restaurants are still locally owned and operated by JML Restaurants and are committed to maintain the same standard of excellence you have come to expect.
There are few Dee’s locations left, and the only one that still has a clown (the weather vane on the roof) and a vintage neon rotating sign is the location at 700 E 2100 S in Salt Lake.
Another in my oldest in Utah series, this one is the oldest restaurants. As is the case with all of my lists – I just build the list as I come across places so it is probably far from complete but I’m always adding to it.
- 1955 – Ripple’s Drive-In in Provo
- 1956 – Brick Oven/Heaps A Pizza in Provo
- 1962 – Glade’s Drive-Inn in Spanish Fork
- 1968 – Purple Turtle in Pleasant Grove
- 1970 – Nate’s Diner in Provo
- 1971 – Porter’s Place in Lehi (moved to Eureka in 2018)
- 1972 – Daley Freez in Payson
- 1973 – Chuck-a-rama in Orem
- 1975 – Rocky Mountain Drive-In in Provo
- 1977 – Leslie’s Family Tree in Santaquin
- 1977 – Santa Queen Drive-Inn in Santaquin
- 1977 – Canton Village/Lucky 5 in Spanish Fork
- 1978 – Joe Vera’s in Provo
- 1978 – La Casita in Springville
- 1978 – The Italian Place in Lindon
- 1980 – Sensuous Sandwich in Provo
- 1980 – Taco Amigo in Orem
- 1981 – Magleby’s in Springville
- 1981 – Los Hermanos (moved from Provo to Orem after 2019 fire)
- 1981 – Polar Queen in Payson
- 1983 – Mi Ranchito in Orem
- 1984 – La Dolce Vita in Provo
- 1986 – One Man Band in Payson (other locations still open)
- 1987 – Tommy’s Burgers in Provo
- 1990 – Burger Supreme in Provo
- 1992 – Zubs in Springville
- 1993 – Bombay House in Provo
- 1994 – Art City Trolley in Springville
- 1996 – Owl Bar at Sundance
- 1996 – Shirley’s Bakery in Provo
- 1997 – T-Bone in Springville
Diamond Lil’s was a long time steak house in Salt Lake City, from 1969 when it sat 30 people to 2016-2018?? (not sure when it closed exactly) as a 20,000 foot attraction.
It was quite an experience, basically a western museum with all the items decorating the walls.
Garth and Lil Campbell founded the restaurant with Jim Funaro.