Another warm welcome to our blog! Today we are spotlighting our wonderful employee and long-time friend, Lynn Giddings! She is a Manager at Patio Diner and has been working here for quite some time now!! She is an important team member at Patio and we are excited for you to get to know her a little better.
Q: Tell us about yourself! Where did you grow up? What’s your story?
A: I was born in Tooele Utah. But I lived in Montana until I was 16. From there we moved to Colorado, then Idaho, where my parents still live.
I am the 5th of 7 children with only 2 girls. My older sister is 7 years older than me so I spent most of my time with my brothers; this made me a bit of a tomboy.
We moved to Blanding from Kanab UT to open a restaurant, which didn’t really work out, but we fell so in love with Blanding and it’s people that we had to stay!
Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Patio?
A: I love the people. I love working for Lana, she is a kind and generous person which makes for an amazing boss. My fellow employees are such wonderful hard-working people, they make it fun to be there. Last but not least is our customers! Whether local or traveling through. I enjoy visiting and getting to know them a little better.
Q: What’s your favorite menu item?
A: I would say as much as I love our sandwiches that it would be the homemade onion rings. I think the fry cooks hate working with me because I always sell a ton of them.
Q: What’s your favorite menu item hack?
A: Just change up the sauce. Try our special sauce for a sweet-spicy kick, or maybe the cattleman’s gold honey mustard for a slight mustardy sweet flavor, but my favorite is probably the garlic parmesan sauce it adds just yumminess to whatever you put it on.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I love to spend time with loved ones, whether with my husband, kids and grandkids (which I currently have 3) or my good friends. I love to travel and hope to see the whole world someday.
Thank you for letting us interview you, Lynn! We are grateful for the hard work and time you put in to Patio to help us improve and continue to succeed!! We wouldn’t want to do it without you!
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Welcome back to our blog! We are excited to announce that we will be doing an employee spotlight, interviewing one employee per post, asking questions and hearing about their Patio experiences! Today our employee spotlight goes to the one and only Shea Frazier! He has worked for Patio for over 5 years, and has been a huge asset to our business! We couldn’t have made it through the years without him. He no longer works for us as he recently got married (congratulations!!) to an also former employee, Laura Burke. But because he has been such a huge part of Patio over the years we thought, who better to dedicate our first post too? We hope you enjoy!
Q: What is your favorite memory at Patio?
A: “My favorite memory at Patio, holy cow.. when I tried to catch you from falling and we both fell, (Authors note: I was taking out the garbage and had two garbage sacks attached to my belt loops, I started walking backward while talking to Shea, and I slipped on one of the sacks, he tried to catch me but instead he stepped on the other sack, slipped and we both fell down!) Meeting my future wife, stacking cheese with Courtney, every time Lana walked in I would clap and cheer and she would bow, co-workers, and the regular customers.”
Q: What is your favorite menu item?
A: “My favorite menu item is the Chicken Ham and swiss, and the Houston with green chili.” (Houston no longer on a physical menu but you can ask for it when you are ordering.)
Q: Favorite menu item “hack”?
A: “Secret menu hack would be the chicken quesadilla cooked with special sauce.”
Q: When did you start working at Patio:
A: “November 2010.”
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: “In my free time you’ll catch me at my house with coworkers playing super smash brothers, call of duty, shredding the guitar, and dropping in at Patio when I’m not on shift.”
Q: How is married life?
A: “The married life is pretty sweet and would highly recommend it.”
Q: What did you like most about working at Patio?
A: “What I liked the most were my bosses and coworkers. Most of the time it was smiles and joy in the kitchen at Patio. The food too, I have to mention the food.” (;
Q: What do you miss the most about Patio?
A: “I miss everything at Patio. There is a reason why I worked there for 5 years. Lana and Ricky were the most wonderful bosses I ever worked for. When I first started there I was struggling with some addiction problems and I truly believe that working there and being around the Patio atmosphere saved my life.”
We hope you have enjoyed reading our interview with Shea! He was an amazing worker and friend here at Patio! We are so thankful to have had him. We are thankful to all our wonderful employees over the years and are excited to be interviewing them in the future! We have a wonderful staff!
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Welcome to our blog! We have created this space for us to share fun memories, how menu items came to be, fun places to visit in San Juan County, and many other things! So stay tuned as we have tons more to share!
In this post we are excited to talk about the iconic “Big B” Burger that has made a lasting impression on many around the globe and is a staple menu item at Patio Diner.
It all started when the previous owners, Brian and Suzie Bayles, bought Patio. In the months leading up to their grand opening, Brian and his Sysco food representative, and long time friend, Kim Acton would get together and mess around with menu ideas. During one of those conversations, they decided that Patio needed to have a specialty burger, one that was unique only to us. With a little more work (and we’re sure a lot more play) they came up with “The Big B” burger, and its secret specialty sauce.
The name of “The Big B” came from Kim, who often called Brian “Bubba” or sometimes just “B”. Together, they decided on “The Big B”, The Brian Bayles Burger!
After over decade, we are so happy to continue their legacy. The Big B is a 1/2 pound burger, served with fresh cut veggies, cheddar cheese, and our secret Patio Big B sauce. Come enjoy a freshly made Big B today! We can’t wait for another decade, and beyond, of serving this special burger, and many other delicious food items!