WEST BOUNTIFUL—Looking for a little southern hospitality? Come hungry and try out a new deli in town.
McAlister’s, at 500 S. 550 W. (where the old Burger King used to be) will open its doors on Monday Feb. 27, serving a wide variety of made-to-order sandwiches, soups and salads.
“It’s different than anywhere else I’ve ever eaten,” said General Manager Gabe Henderson. “Our food quality is top notch and our staff is friendly. We bus tables and you don’t throw away your own trash. There are people on the floor to get you drink refills. We’re going back to southern hospitality.”
The deli is the first one in Utah, with locations throughout the U.S. “It started in 1989 and the franchise formed in 2004,” said Henderson. “Utah was a market they were looking to get into. The next closest store is in Twin Falls, Idaho.”
McAlister’s boasts unique breads and fresh cut meats. “Nothing is pre-sliced, we cut our own meat,” Henderson said. “We have nine types of breads. We try to get sandwich ideas from all over, like the ‘New Yorker,’ the ‘Memphian’ and ‘New Orleans Muffuletta.’ We actually import the muffuletta bread from New Orleans. It’s neat because you can get stuff you normally wouldn’t get here.”
There are seven to eight soups a day to choose from as well, he said. “One of the things we’re famous for is our sweet tea. That’s our top selling item across the country,” said Henderson. “We also bake our own ‘spuds’ (baked potatoes). It’s like two spuds put together – they’re a whole meal.”
Henderson said everything is customizable too. “You can mix and match absolutely anything. Everything is made-to-order. Here you order then we start making it, then we bring the food to you when it’s ready.”
McAlister’s also offers catering service. “We’ll do box lunches, party trays, even breakfast,” he said. “And we can deliver all of that which is kinda nice.”
Customers can also call ahead and pick up their order at a pickup window. “It’s not a drive through,” Henderson said. “You call ahead and a call center takes the order. We serve about 200 cars a day with that.”
The restaurant will be open Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. They will be hosting a ribbon cutting Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. with city leaders and other dignitaries.
“We want to offer an extra level of service,” said Henderson. “We don’t want our guests to have to come ask for something – we want to be there ready with it.”