Cracker Barrel restaurant back in the swing of things
By Aaron Mecham
April 24, 2009 | PARADISE -- Six months
after the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Paradise reopened,
executive chef and owner Annette Drew says business
is very good.
John and Annette Drew purchased the
Cracker Barrel in March 2008 and had to immediately
close the restaurant to renovate and bring the building
to current code.
John Drew said the building was built
as two separate stores, the northern side was built
first as a general store then the southern side was
built as a café and they weren't combined into one until
sometime in the 1980's.
A designer was brought in from Salt
Lake City to help figure out how to use the existing
building and make it work best with the menu and the
theme of the restaurant, Annette Drew said.
"The menu dictates what will
actually be in a restaurant, as far as flow, as far
as equipment, as far as employees," she said.
Annette Drew has had experience running
a restaurant, working at the Four Seasons Newport Beach
in California before moving to Utah. She comes from
a diverse professional history and has a degree in chemistry,
but said she isn't the sole reason the restaurant is
a success, and doesn't even contribute it to the great
relationship she and John share.
"It's not just me and John
that make the place it's the staff," she said.
John Drew said they have people coming
from Salt Lake City and Preston and had a couple from
Magna visit twice in one week.
The Cracker Barrel serves anything
from trout to prime rib to hamburgers and milkshakes.
They are open Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
and closed Sunday.