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Sandy gains a family restaurant


New business offers casual dining in a clean, remodeled atmosphere

by: POST PHOTO: JIM HART - Ria Brower, owner of Rias Bar, stands behind the counter inside the newly remodeled restaurant she has added to her responsibilities. The Sandy Family Restaurant is just east of the library on Proctor Boulevard.When you talk with Ria Brower, she will tell you people do not recognize the restaurant she now owns and operates just east of the Sandy Public Library.

Newly remodeled

The Sandy Family Restaurant (formerly Stephanie’s) has been completely remodeled, with new floors, tables, paint and decorations from recycled products that create an appropriate family atmosphere.

There’s a large wooden flag on one wall, while another has a large section showing the end grain of small logs, and the tables are made from recycled barn wood that has been finished with multi coats of varnish. Also, on the walls there are old photos secured from the Sandy Historical Museum.

“People come in here and say, ‘This is what Sandy needed,’” Brower said. “They are amazed at the transformation.”

Even though Brower has years of management experience as well as years in the food-service industry and has operated her bar since 2009, she has hired a restaurant manager who has a lifetime of restaurant experience. She wanted to be sure that her customers were satisfied and would return.

As it is after being open for a few weeks, customers at every meal are remarking how nice the restaurant looks and how they love the food.

Unique restaurant

Brower points to the fact this is the only restaurant in Sandy that serves breakfast all day, and only the second that caters to families with a kids’ menu and family atmosphere.

There also are large TVs without sound that show the game you might be missing by going out to eat.

Before local residents come back to the restaurant, Brower wants them to expect to see a clean restaurant, cleaner than it has ever been.

Food choices include dinners with entrees such as country fried steak, roast turkey, chicken strips, pot roast and chicken fettuccine as well as seafood, burgers and sandwiches. Salads include Caesar, bleu cheese steak and chicken walnut. Among decadent desserts are pie, cheesecake, gourmet chocolate cake and gourmet carrot cake.

“We have great food at great prices,” Brower said, “and a nice clean atmosphere. Come in for breakfast at any time and any day.”

The Sandy Family Restaurant is at 39024 Proctor Blvd., just east of the library. The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 503-668-9933.