Park City’s Best are crowned in annual competition
The people of Park City have spoken.
More than 7,600 people voted in the Park City’s Best 2016 online poll, put on annually by The Park Record, revealing which businesses and people they believe to be the pinnacle of Park City. The contest, whose participation nearly doubled from 2015, crowned winners in 100 categories, ranging from best coffee house (Park City Coffee Roaster) to best youth coach (Dar Hendrickson) and everything in between.
Andy Bernhard, publisher of The Park Record said he is pleased to see Parkites using the competition to voice their opinions and to give credit to those who make Park City what it is.
“It really is gratifying for me to see this local event take off like it has,” he said. “It’s a credit not only to our exceptional businesses, but to our community, which has been so supportive to put time into our survey — 7,600 votes is remarkable.”
Jeff Schwartz, owner of the restaurant El Chubasco, which won the best cheap eats and best Mexican food categories, said it was “an honor and a thrill” to be considered among the town’s finest establishments.
“It’s going to be 20 years for (the restaurant) come 2017,” he said. “For all the hard work that we’ve all put in, this is just awesome to see a little bit of respect. We’re pretty psyched.”
He added that it’s the restaurant’s great food and great service that has people returning time after time and voting for it in Park City’s Best.
“We’re a locals joint where people find comfort in a town of things that change so much,” he said. “Other than on Christmas as Easter, we’re there every day for everybody.”
Jesse Shetler is a longtime restaurateur in town whose establishments also earned accolades in Park City’s Best. No Name Saloon won best bar and best burger, while Boneyard Saloon & Kitchen finished second in best place to watch the game and best wings and was named the third best bar.
Shetler said No Name Saloon earning the moniker of best bar was particularly rewarding.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my management and my staff,” he said. “What do I say? I’m humbly appreciative that the people who voted enjoy our establishment so much. … I think we’ve stayed true to our roots. I think we have stayed, hopefully, equally as loyal to our local customers as they have remained to us.”
Copies of the Park City’s Best 2016 magazine, which lists all the winners, is available on newsstands, inserted in the Wednesday, August 27, edition of The Park Record. The results of the survey will also be posted on parkrecord.com.
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