The Cutting Board in Kamas is under new ownership
June 19, 2015
Michelle Christensen described it as the perfect opportunity.
She and her husband had recently moved back to Summit County from Colorado. They were looking for a way to keep busy, and Christensen noticed The Cutting Board, a restaurant on Main Street in Kamas, was for sale.
"The idea was we were going to purchase a business and run it together," she said. "But he took another job — an opportunity that he couldn’t pass up — so I was left kind of like, ‘Now what am I going to do?’ I found out this place was for sale and decided to jump on it."
Christensen took over the restaurant, at 54 N. Main St. — The Cutting Board location at Park City Mountain Resort has not changed ownership — in April. She was eager to make changes, putting in extra hours cleaning the restaurant and getting the staff up to her standards.
"It was really important for me to not really do a lot of advertising until I got this place running the way I wanted it," she said. "I wanted people to be able to come in and see the changes I’ve made."
She also altered the restaurant’s hours. It will now be open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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"I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they would come and it would be closed and they wouldn’t know when it would be open," Christensen said. "But we will not lock the doors until the posted closing time."
Making sure customers receive a consistent experience every time they visit is Christensen’s top priority.
"I think that’s extremely important," she said. "I have some employees who probably are tired of me saying this, but consistency is the sign of a champion. When you run a business, it needs to be consistent every single day, from the hours to the food to the service."
One thing she’s not tweaked at all, however, is the menu. She said popular items include the turkey avocado and the soprano Italian sub sandwiches. The restaurant also offers a full range of breakfast options served in the morning.
"I wasn’t going to change the menu," Christensen said. "The menu is excellent. We have a little bit of something for everyone."
Though this is the first time Christensen has owned a restaurant, she has a background in food service. She said she has worked in several restaurants and is also drawing on the experience of her husband, who is a hotel manager.
"It kind of runs in the family," she said. "My husband isn’t here running it with me, but he’s in the background, helping me and advising me. He’s taught a lot of hotel and restaurant management classes at the University of Utah, where he’s been an adjunct professor for longer than we’ve lived in Summit County."
Even with her husband’s help, however, getting the restaurant operating as she wanted it was a hurdle — but one that came with plenty of benefits, too.
"It’s been a ton of hard work and I’ve put in a lot of hours," Christensen said. "But I have really loved feeling like part of the community again. I’ve ran into old friends I haven’t seen for the last couple years. It’s been great to get back to knowing everyone again."
Christensen said the ownership change has been well-received, with Kamas residents who have frequented the restaurant since its opening telling her they are pleased with the changes. She envisions the restaurant eventually becoming a reason for people from around the county to visit Kamas.
In fact, she said, that’s already started to happen.
"We get a lot of people from Park City," Christensen said. "In fact, I’ve had several people tell me they drive through Kamas out on drives, and they are glad they can stop in and eat here."
The Cutting Board
54 N. Main St. in Kamas
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