Gateway Grill

Posted - Aug. 20, 2001 at 5:10 p.m.



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This is Fred Ball, Senior vice president, Zions Bank, Speaking on Business.

A while back, Jake and Kathleen Garn invited my wife Joyce and me to dinner. They promised us an outstanding dining experience. We didn’t know where we were going as we drove up Parley’s Canyon. We assumed either Park City or Deer Valley, but we went past that turnoff and soon arrived in Kamas, Utah.

Kamas, Utah?? For an “outstanding dining experience?” Yes! Yes, indeed it was. Jake pulled his car into the parking lot of the Gateway Grill. It looks like a hamburger and chili house from the outside. It is located at 215 So. Main in Kamas and the sign proclaimed “The Gateway Grille, Gateway to the Uintas.”

The ambiance inside was comfortable and the patrons were dressed in everything from suits and ties to cutoffs and tank-tops. There were cowboys and bankers; locals and tourists from the posh Deer Valley resorts; families and couples.

In looking at the menu, we discovered you could indeed get a hamburger if you wanted but the continental cuisine offered was very sophisticated and extensive.

I enjoyed a mussel/saffron bisque that was to die for; a Chilean sea bass with mango chutney and a delicious creme brule. Not bad for a nondescript little eatery in Kamas.

The owner,chef and manager is Shawn Wharton. He worked in Deer Valley for 14 years and was famous for his seafood buffets. He wanted to go on his own but stay in the beautiful Summit/Wasatch County environment. He found this little location and put his dream into reality.

The chef and wait staff are very professional. The decor comfortable. The food....amazing.

Thanks Jake Garn for the introduction to this gem. I owe you.

This is Fred Ball. I’m speaking on business.

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