Fine dining has returned to University Parkway, and just in time for the holidays.

Waldon Cove offers a variety of steak, seafood and pasta dishes on its luncheon and dinner menus.The Waldon Cove location, 2230 N. University Parkway, has seen a number of restaurants come and go in the past few years, including Maglebys, Apple Butter Farms, JB's and Sil's Seafood.

The current owner, Stanco Inc., has hired Zion Management Corp. to train the staff and organize a management program.

Glen Overton of Zion Management, a business that specializes in hotel and restaurant management, is overseeing stabilization of the restaurant.

Overton said Zion Management took over the restaurant in October. A seating capacity of more than 300 inside and another 300 on the outdoor patio during the summer makes Waldon Cove one of the largest restaurants in the state.

When there is a change in management styles, there is a need to help stabilize the staff.

"We have four management steps that we use," Overton said. "We stop expense leaks, add programs to enhance while lowering food and labor costs, stabilize the staff and develop marketing to bring business back to the restaurant."

FoodCo, a computer software program for restaurants, designed by area resident Ron Wilkinson, has been brought on as part of the management team.

The FoodCo software was recently purchase by the Marriott Corp. to be used in a large number of its hotel restaurants.

One of the attractive features of Waldon Cove is the number and variety of dining areas to chose from. They include the main dining room, the Crows Nest, the Lobster Pit, the Ship's Deck, the banquet dining room and the patio. All of the dining areas have a picturesque view of the Provo River; two boast large brick fireplaces.

Part of the lure of Waldon Cove is the decorations that fill the dining areas during Christmas, lending a special ambiance to family and business banquets during the holidays.

Co-owner Ann Pope, with help from her friends at the Silk Greenhouse, have taken 7,500 lights, room-size wreaths, 20-foot Christmas trees and have given transformed Waldon Cove with a warm dining atmosphere.

Although considered to be a fine-dining restaurant, Overton says prices are in line with Utah County incomes. Lunch, which is served on linen tableclothes, ranges from $5 to $7. The dinner menu provides a larger selection, with prices from $10 to $35.

A special select menu for children is available, with meals costing $2.95.

More than 60 staff members have been trained through a extensive management training program to bring the customer the best service and the greatest eating satisfaction in the valley, according to Overton.

"We are currently accepting reservations for Christmas banquets," Overton said. Reservations are not necessary for regular dining.

For further information about banquets, catering, wedding parties

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