Virg’s family expands to Ogden

Virg’s family expands to Ogden

Story by Amy Nicholson , Standard-Examiner correspondent - Apr 29 2013 - 12:34am
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The Special Burrito is a tortilla stuffed with eggs, hash browns and ham, smothered in chili verde sauce and cheese.
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A big basket of fries is served with the Blue Explosion Burger at Virg’s Restaurant.
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(left to right) Alec Birbeck, Nathan Fowers and Natalie Birbeck look at the menu before ordering.
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Virg’s is at 4649 Harrison Blvd., in Ogden.

Restaurant owner Dave Law said he began his first job mopping floors and mixing tartar sauce for Virg’s Fish & Chips — a restaurant located a few doors from his childhood home — when he was just 13 years old.

By the time he was 21, Law was running the restaurant for the owner, 82-year-old Forrest Holt, who died in 1990. Law purchased the location, with seating for 12, and expanded the menu — from cod, chicken and shrimp — to include halibut.

In 1997, Law opened a second location, called Virg’s Restaurant, in Erda, in Tooele County. It had a larger seating capacity and a greatly expanded menu. In 2007, Law’s original restaurant on State Street in Salt Lake City closed. To replace it, he opened another Virg’s Restaurant in Taylorsville. Then, in 2010, he opened a third location in West Valley City and a smaller restaurant called Penny’s Café in Stockton, also in Tooele County. In 2011, he added a fourth Virg’s Restaurant, in Draper.

Earlier this month, Law opened his fifth Virg’s, this time in Ogden, bringing his total to six restaurants in all.

He commutes one hour, each way, from his home in Stansbury Park to run the Ogden restaurant; family members manage the other locations.

Law said breakfast, which is served all day, is popular with diners.

The Special Burrito ($7.89) is a tortilla stuffed with eggs, hash browns and ham, smothered in chili verde sauce and cheese. Breakfast burritos are also available in a build-your-own fashion with more than a dozen choices of fillings.

Other favorite breakfast picks are The Outlaw ($7.89), with eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, cheese, hash browns and toast; and plate-size pancakes ($2.29).

Law said the hamburgers ($5.99-$7.49) are popular, served with a half-pound of meat that has never been frozen. Folks can upgrade to a “ginormous” burger — making it a full pound of meat — for $3 more.

Sandwiches such as the Philly Cheese Steak ($6.99) and the French Dip ($6.99) are also big sellers. For those who enjoy south-of-the-border cuisine, there is a selection of Mexican entrees, including the Three Chicken Enchilada Plate ($8.99).

Virg’s Restaurant still sells fish and chips, including the Two-Piece Halibut ($8.99). However, Law said fish is not the most popular item on the menu because it is not as much of a value for the price.

Law said he likes to serve large portions of food for a good price.

He makes all of his sauces from scratch and says he never uses MSG.

Law’s homestyle soups vary from day to day and include Wisconsin cheese, vegetable beef, cream of chicken veggie, and chicken noodle.

“I have a large menu, but it is my goal to keep everything good,” Law said.

VIRG’S RESTAURANT

  • ADDRESS: 4649 Harrison Blvd., Ogden
  • HOURS: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays
  • PHONE: 801-475-5331

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