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Some things just go together: Toast and jam. Bacon and eggs. Breakfast and the Park Café. Most mornings (and always on weekends) the diner is packed with Salt Lake residents looking for a hearty, classic American breakfast.
The Park Café’s building, located just south of the Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, has been a diner since 1952, when it operated under a different name, says Sean Miller, one of the café’s owners. It has changed hands several times in the years since, and Miller bought the restaurant with his wife, mother and aunt about 10 years ago.
Over the years it’s become a fixture in the community. “We rely heavily on our neighborhood here. A lot of our regulars are neighbors,” Miller says. Many lasting friendships have begun there. Not long ago, a man who had been regular at the café for several years struck up a conversation with a woman—also a regular—as they both left the restaurant. They’re now engaged to marry.
The Park Café benefits from its park-side location. It’s become a tradition for many to stop in for breakfast or lunch every week after jogging or walking in the park. But it’s more than just location that keeps people coming back. “Their food is amazing, especially the Park Potatoes, and their service is great and so fast. Never ever a let down!” writes Madison Parsons, one of those who recommended The Park Café on the Utah Business Facebook page.
The Park Café has a “classic greasy spoon menu,” Miller says. There are a lot of bacon, hash browns, eggs and pancakes for breakfast, and burgers and sandwiches for lunch. It occasionally offers fancier dishes, but people mostly seem interested in the classics.
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