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Magleby's Grill and Oyster Bar

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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

I've mentioned before in this program how I am a consummate foodie and love trying new restaurants everywhere I go. I also enjoy hearing the history behind them, and my recent visit with Richard Parkinson, who owns Magleby's Grill and Oyster Bar in Provo, was no exception.

Doc Parkinson spent 25 years as a dentist. After he retired, he wanted to do something to keep himself busy. His wife, Lenora, loved to bake and made scrumptious desserts. The Parkinsons teamed up with the Magleby family and opened a restaurant together in 1981. In 1985, Doc became the sole proprietor. The restaurant has been in the Parkinson family ever since, with Doc's son Richard taking the reins three years ago.

Richard hopes that Magleby's Grill will not only be known as fine dining but as a place with great food at a great price. The restaurant has American comfort food with a wide variety of cuisine such as seafood, steaks, pasta, chicken, sandwiches and salads. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

The restaurant is most known for its chocolate cake and halibut, which have been the top sellers since the restaurant opened. The halibut is prepared in a way that keeps it extremely moist, and customers absolutely love it. My mouth waters just talking about it!

Magleby's Grill and Oyster Bar has become so popular that two smaller, satellite locations opened up in Provo and Spanish Fork. These are known as Magleby's Fresh, and they provide the same high-quality cuisine but as a fast, casual dining experience. Since the Magleby's Fresh restaurants have become so popular, Richard hopes to take the concept throughout Utah Valley and, eventually, into Salt Lake County.

Magleby's has won countless awards, not only for its great food and service but also for its commitment to the community. Truly, it has become Provo's own.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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