You’ll Love Visiting Thunderbird Restaurant, A Utah Restaurant Loaded With Local History

Utah has no shortage of quaint, small-town diners. None of them, however, feature ‘ho-made pies’ like Thunderbird Restaurant. Opened in 1940 and part of the Thunderbird Resort that includes a Best Western hotel, golf course, and RV park, Thunderbird Restaurant oozes mid-20th century charm and has been a favorite stop for travelers to Zion National Park – only 15 minutes to the west – for decades.

The restaurant’s history starts with Jack and Fern Morrison driving down Highway 89 in their Model T. Stopping near where a new road would connect Zion National Park with the highway, they thought the land at the intersection would be valuable. They purchased 160 acres and built a small cabin and a gas station. Soon enough, Fern was baking pies and serving tourists and passing truck drivers. They opened the Thunderbird Restaurant in 1940 to expand the pie operation.

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Thunderbird Restaurant is open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and is closed on Wednesdays.

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Address: 4530 State St, Mt Carmel, UT 84755, USA