Niko Christy enjoyed owning his own businesses and was looking for a new opportunity when his father, Edward Christy, asked if he would like to be a partner in opening Old Towne Philly Cheesesteak.
At the end of December 2010, Niko Christy began his adventure working in the kitchen, training employees, calculating the payroll, ordering inventory, and other tasks that needed to be done to run the restaurant. Edward Christy is a silent partner who lives out of state.
The menu was developed by an outside source who was hired for his expertise. Some of the favorites include the classic Philly Cheesesteak ($6.50); the Chicken Cheesesteak ($6.50); and the Turkey Avocado ($6), a sandwich Christy invented, with hot turkey, melted cheddar, sweet peppers, green peppers and cold avocado on a toasted bun with garlic spread.
"We are a pretty different sandwich shop," Christy said, explaining that most of the sandwiches on the menu are served hot.
The dining area is decorated with a sports theme, and Christy said he has made it a point to sponsor sporting events at the local high schools.
Other popular menu items are the Hot Ham 'n Cheese ($4), French Dip ($6) and Italian Meatball ($6). Sandwiches can be upgraded to a combo, with chips or fries and a drink, for $2. Christy said they season their fries with a special blend imported from Indiana. They also serve Sweet Potato Tots ($2.95).
"I think they taste even better than sweet potato fries," Christy said.
The bread for the sandwiches, steak and baguette buns in white, wheat and rye, are baked fresh daily by Stone Ground Bakery.
Christy said he enjoys owning a restaurant and is especially happy about being a part of the Bountiful community.
"We want people to feel really comfortable," he said of the friendly atmosphere he tries to create.
OLD TOWNE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK
- ADDRESS: 353 S. Main St., Bountiful
- HOURS: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday
- PHONE: 801-295-7827