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

On any given morning, the Royal Eatery at Fourth South and Main Street in Salt Lake City is overflowing with all types of hungry customers, from judges and lawyers to office workers and tourists. After 26 years of business, the restaurant is one of Salt Lake City's most established breakfast locations.

Owner Deno Priskos says the menu consists of breakfast and lunch items. The Eatery is distinguished by the consistency of its cuisine. One of the foods it is best known for is the home fries prepared every day from scratch.

The Royal Eatery was founded by Deno's father and uncle. However, six months after they started the business, Deno's uncle decided to move back to California, so it was left to Deno's father, Chris, and his family to run the restaurant. Deno says he grew up there, basically working full-time since age 12. He officially purchased the restaurant from his father in 1999.

Deno's parents, Chris and Tula Priskos, immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1966 with two children and a third on the way. Neither learned to speak or read English the entire time they ran the Royal Eatery. However, their heritage can be felt with several Greek items on the menu. Tula still works in the restaurant, but Chris retired in 1995.

Deno tells me the Royal Eatery has made it through some difficult times including the floods of 1983, the first Main Street beautification in the late 1980s and two light rail constructions. He says the Downtown Rising project shouldn't have a direct effect because it's several blocks away.

Customer loyalty is what has pulled the restaurant through the difficult times. One gentleman visits Salt Lake City from Germany every year, and when he's in town, he always eats at the Royal Eatery. Deno feels it is customers such as this man who have made the success of the restaurant possible.

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

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