When I was young, my mother applied for a job as a waitress at Harman's
Cafe on 21st South. She got the job, and worked her way up to hostess, and
manager, and then store manager. During her tenure @ Harman's, She was
moved around as the business progressed. She "Opened" a lot of different
locations. Sometimes, while she worked, my sisters, brother & I, used to
help out.My brother Gary became a Cook for a while.My oldest sister Marie dated
John Gutke, and my middle sister dated Billy Gutke.Mom also managed the House of
Pancakes out on State Street in Murray.I was washing dishes on "North
Temple" when I joined the Marines in 1963. I remember Pete Taking my family
to a function at the Fair Grounds, and Col. Sanders paid for the whole family.
Pete, later offered a franchise to my parents in California, but they
didn't want to move to California, besides, my dad said he didn't want
to have to work 7 day's a week! Pete alway's treated my mom (chris
Davis) with respect. We (kids) really liked him alot!
Get a grip, Kerry.
Hey here we have Republicans in action. Tear down the old to build new at any
cost. We do not need history, just money. Look at what the LDS church has done
(90% republican). Tore down Deseret Gymn to guild the monstrosity. Soon enough
the tabernacle will become redundant and they will find something else to build
there too. There is no profit in memories and that is the bottom line of any
This is Utah were little has been saved. KFC is a great example of what large
corporations do to a once great product.
I used to work at a Fire Station just a little north west of the restaurant and
used to frequent the place for several buckets of chicken. Lots of fond
memories. I look forward to seeing the upgrade buildings one of these day when
I come to Utah next ski season.
At the original Pete Harman's KFC [39th So. State St., So. Salt Lake] in
1953 and '54, I remember not only what a treat it was to eat there, but teasing
the girls by peering through the plastic foliage atop the booth dividers was
[sometimes] a little too much fun. We could not have known what a part
of pop-culture iconography the institution would become.After being in San
Diego County for forty years and returning to Utah, it was heartbreaking to see
such a melancholy end to this source of priceless memories.
in fremont, ca and newark, ca, the kfc's original recipe chicken does not have
the original 13 herbs and spices since the flavor is bland. i'll go to boston
market from now on since what i liked at kfc is not there any more. 3 kfc's have
let me down.
Enjoyed reading about Pete Harmon. I worked for Pete 38 years ago in northern
Calif.Probably the best experience of my life. Loved working with all those
people from the Salt Lake area. My store was between the San Francisco air port
and Harmons headquartwers in Los Altos.When ever the Col. came visiting he would
stop at our store and check out our fried chicken,cooked in the automatic cooker
that cooked 5 trays at a time. His comment was always the same. "Not as good as
my pot chicken" Well all I can say after all these years is that Pete Harmon is
one in a million. A very special person. I'll always treasure the opportunity he
gave me in 1969.Thanks Pete! Ed Banfield Novato Ca. [email protected]