Business Spotlight: Summerhays Halibut And ChipsMar 06, 2015 10:10AM ● By City Journals Staff
Summerhays Halibut and Chips
It runs in the family; at least with Brad Summerhays, it does. He comes from a family who own and run local favorite restaurants from Draper to Logan. On his way to a corporate career, Brad worked his way through college at bars and restaurants. The restaurant business wasn’t in his plan, but the restaurant roots ran deep.
Brad and his father started Summerhays Halibut and Chips in March of 2000, and it has been going strong ever since.
“I swore I would I would never do it again, but here I am. I find it rewarding,” Brad says.
Fifteen years ago, customers searching for a place to go out to eat could find multiple choices in burgers, Mexican food or pizza, but fish and chips? There wasn’t anything like that. Summerhays Halibut and Chips filled an untapped niche, and their customers keep coming back for more.
“A lot of our food is from my parents recipes. When you know a customer has complimented our food and service because they really enjoyed, that’s when it is really rewarding. A lot of customers have been coming in here for 15 years,” Brad says.
At Summerhays Halibut and Chips may specialize in fish and chips, but they take great care in sourcing their halibut from Alaska. All of their halibut is wild caught and from the best grade quality available. It comes from the same source that many local high end restaurants utilize, yet Summerhays Fish and Chips keeps their prices low for their customers.
“We also specialize in a New England White Chowder. We hand peel and cut potatoes making it from scratch. We sell 25-30 gallons a week of just the chowder. People come in and buy quarts of that. They just love it,” Brad says.
For those who avoid deep-frying, come in and check out their grilled options. Non-seafood lovers in the family will find a wide selection of chicken and turkey sandwiches, salads and burgers. There is even a kids menu. At Summerhays Halibut and Chips, the needs of the entire family are met.
“Over the years, I have tweaked family recipes. A lot of what we serve, I’ve come up with on my own. The Coconut Shrimp, deep fried shrimp and Lobster Bisque are really popular as well,” Brad says.
Is it your sweet tooth that needs catering to? Stop by and try the crème brulee or the rice pudding to name just two of the sweet treats you’ll find at Summerhays.
They have a daily special board in the restaurant. Be sure to watch for specials celebrating their 15 years in business.
“I have a fun job. It’s rewarding. I have really appreciated everyone’s support during this time without the mall across the street,” Brad says.
Stop in at Summerhays Fish and Chips at 4870 South Highland Drive in Holladay. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. They are closed Sunday. Call them at 801-424-9000 or check out their menu online at www.summerhayshalibut.com.