New restaurant offers BBQ and rock crawling
Crawlers Pub is open evenings
Even in striking out on her own, Sarah McKay is supporting her familys business.
Sarah got the idea for her business by watching her fathers business grow. Her father, Mike McKay, along with her mother, Kathy, own Mad Dogz Hobby in Sandy.
In August, Sarah opened Crawlers Pub, a remote-control rock crawler themed restaurant and pub, directly behind her fathers RC hobby store.
I helped my dad in the store a lot, Sarah said. I know a lot of the guys that come in. Rock crawling is their hobby and beer drinking is just as important; why not do them together?
Rock crawlers are one of the products sold at Mikes hobby store. The remote-control vehicles are distinguished by their large wheels and the ability to drive off-road and, of course, over rocks.
Crawlers Pub has been a long time coming. Sarah and her fiancé Ray, the dreamer behind the restaurant portion of Crawlers, have done a lot of transformative work on the space.
Before it became Crawlers, the warehouse-like building needed plumbing, lots of paint and about 26 tons of rock.
No, Crawlers is not selling gravel on the side the rock was material for what is now the Crawlers indoor rock crawling track.
Although Sarah herself is more into quilting as a hobby, her son, Drew, inherited his grandfathers knack for the hobby.
Hobbyists can bring their own rock crawlers and rent track time. The pub also has four RC rock crawlers for customers to rent and use on the track if they want to try the hobby out.
I thought, Put it all together and youve got a great concept for town, Sarah said. She hopes that Crawlers will create another indoor activity for families to do together when its raining outside.
People have been amazed by it, entertained by it, Sarah said. Many customers enjoy coming in just to watch others drive the rock crawlers, she added.
Even her father thinks its great. Having a rock crawling track behind his store allows Mike the opportunity to demo some of his products.
So far, Sarah said Friday, Saturday and Monday nights Mondays are taco night have been bringing in good business.
Its been slow on the other weeknights, which Sarah attributes to the summer opening. She said she hopes that once winter comes along, the pubs popularity will take off.
I hope its the place to be in town, Sarah said.
Crawlers Pub is run by Sarah and Ray with Drew helping out where he can.
Being self-employed offers several advantages for Sarah, a part-time student. She is studying natural medicine online through the American College of Healthcare Sciences.
Crawlers will continue expanding Sarah said she plans to add a bigger walk-in cooler. With the new space, the pub could host up to 50 beers on tap. For now, Sarah said theyll stick with 10.
Crawlers also fills growlers.
The beers on tap complement the pub food, burgers and barbecue. This winter, Sarah hopes to have comfort food specials as well.
Crawlers is open 4-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sarah says eventually she and her family would like to have a lunch hour, and maybe even open for breakfast on the weekends.
Crawlers Pub is also available for private parties and events.Add a comment