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Dee's History



For over 80 years eating at Dee’s has been a family tradition.  Dee Anderson, a farm boy from Ephraim, came to Salt Lake City in 1924 with little more than the desire and determination to be in the restaurant business.  In 1931, Dee borrowed $35, bought meat, pickles, and buns and began offering Utah citizens their first five-cent hamburger.  Dee’s nine-stool hamburger stands sprang up around the city’s and were recognized as centers of hospitality.

During the golden era known as “The Fifties,” Dee introduced Utah to the high volume drive-in.  All during this time, Dee expanded and refined the family restaurant concept to provide comfortable and clean surroundings accompanied by the finest quality food at an affordable price.  Mr. Dee Anderson (1905-1997) celebrated 70 years of marriage and a lifetime of service in the restaurant community.  Dee’s Family Restaurants are still locally owned and operated by the Dee Anderson Family and are committed to maintaining the same standard of excellence you have come to expect.

Dee’s Family Restaurants thank you for your support and hope you enjoy your meal, and that you will return often to Dee’s.