Chubby, Cristo highlight Copper Creek menu
In an age where people are constantly counting carbohydrates, shunning processed proteins and obsessing over calories, diners want their drinks diet, fat trimmed and absolutely nothing to be fried.
The South Beach Diet was a hit and the Adkins Diet changed menus across the country; but now there’s a new kid in town.
Copper Creek Pub and Grub, which opened its doors to the Park City public on Friday, has a new train of thought: food that tastes good, defies hunger and won’t make a parent take out a loan to feed the family.
Michael Beale, owner of the restaurant and its sister shop in West Valley City, said the goal of the restaurant is to present a place for people to come and eat while having fun.
"We’re just a casual place, no reservations, grab a seat, relax and have a good time," he said. "Families and kids are welcome. We have a great kid’s menu that includes a hamburger, fries and a drink for $5.99. I don’t think you can find that anywhere else on Main Street."
Despite working hard to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere at the Main Street restaurant, it’s the food that makes Copper Creek unique. Their three signature items are a garlic burger, the Chubby Melt and the Full Monte Cristo.
The garlic burger, which Beale said is his best seller, includes "enough fresh garlic to scare off a vampire."
Then there’s the other two.
"The Chubby is a half-pound burger between two grilled-cheese sandwiches then smothered in grilled onions and cheese," Beale said. "We were looking for a burger that was different and would fill somebody up and something people would talk about. We crossed a grilled cheese sandwich with a burger and added some sautéed onions and mushrooms."
The Monte Cristo is turkey and ham, layered with Swiss and American cheese, battered and fried golden brown like a scone, then dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam.
Because Copper Creek is small enough, Beale said it is not required to post nutritional information. He did say, however, that the Chubby and Monte Cristo might not be for calorie counters.
"I’m scared to find out how many calories it has," Beale said. "I’m small enough that it’s not something I’m required to provide. If they’re counting calories they’re not going to order the Chubby. Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure that it has about their maximum daily limit."
Copper Creek began serving the Chubby and its other delicacies Dec. 1, the day after a party was thrown to raise proceeds for Peace House and to introduce the menu to Parkites and other guests.
"We’ve always wanted to do a restaurant in Park City," he said. "I happened to be up here and saw this spot was available so we started the negotiations and we finally got it after a long process."
Located next to the Town Lift ticket office, the location gives Beale several advantages, he said. First, a sliding window allows him to serve a grab-and-go breakfast to skiers heading to Park City Mountain Resort.
"I think it’s a great location for the type of restaurant that I’m doing," he said. "We want people to come in, grab a bite to eat, have some fun and get back to skiing. In the morning on the way out to the lift you can swing by, grab a cup of coffee and a breakfast burrito and it eat on the lift and be on your way."
Second, it gives Beale enough space outside to provide activities for guests. Beale said he plans to use the space for some "fun pre-ski stuff," including a portable grill and live music.
Beale said he learned about the restaurant business as an employee of a man who owned and operated eateries at the Midway Airport in Chicago. Beale talked about starting up his own some day and when he moved to Utah two years ago, he finally did.
"I like being the boss, that’s kind of fun," he said. "I like the creative aspects: changing the menu, making our daily specials, creating new burgers. I’m having a lot of fun."
Copper Creek Pub and Grub is located next to the Town Lift at 825 Main Street and can be reached at (435) 615-9900. Hours are daily from 8-11 a.m. for breakfast, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for lunch and dinner.
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