Ogden Restaurant Passes on the Family Tradition
Sandy and Lyle Evertsen opened the doors of Sandy’s Fine Food for business 35 years ago. Sandy was 8 months pregnant and Lyle had been working at Hinckley Dodge as a service manager. It had always been their dream to own a restaurant. Lyle previously ran his own service station and knew the biggest ingredient for success was hard work.
From the very beginning, Sandy’s has been a family business. Each of Lyle and Sandy’s nine children have worked in the restaurant at one time or another including Kym Buttschardt, owner of Union Grill and Roosters Brewing Company. The four youngest children were literally raised in the restaurant. When they were tall enough, they would help Kaye McCamish wash the dishes. Kaye has worked for Sandy’s since its very first day, and Lyle’s youngest sister, Pat, has worked there 32 years. Sister-in-laws and grandchildren have also been part of the staff.
Passing on the family tradition, for the last ten years or so, Lyle’s oldest son Brook has been running Sandy’s. Brook has moved on to do other things and the restaurant is being passed down to the three youngest daughters, Suzy Fackrell, Kristen Hill and Tiffany Nash. The girls are excited to start this adventure.
Sandy Evertsen commented, “We’ve been thrilled with the overwhelming and positive feelings all our girls have expressed for the restaurant. Their personal lives are already full, so we were amazed at their desire to continue the family business. We didn’t realize Sandy’s was such a part of their hearts. Nor did we realize their deep desire and commitment to keep things going. Naturally, our hearts are touched and we are full of gratitude for them and the many friends and customers who have supported us through the years.”