Long-term ownership and management while investing in local
communities and maintaining ties to local businesses.
Dee’s has been a family owned and operated business since the early 1930’s. When they hear the name “Dee’s” many Utahns think of the days of the Deeburger clown and Dee’s Drive-Ins. The Drive-Ins were found on many corners throughout the Wasatch front and beyond, including Nevada, Idaho and even South Africa. Some may remember the familiar, “Let’s all go to Dee’s,” jingle from an early advertising campaign. Over the past three generations, families have grown up eating breakfast at Dee’s Family Restaurants and lunch at Dee’s Drive-Ins.
Dee F. Anderson (1908-1997), a young man from Ephraim, Utah began cooking breakfast and lunch for hungry golfers at Nibley Golf Course. Dee’s Hamburgers started as a 9-stool hamburger stand selling hamburgers for 5¢ and shakes for 10¢. After seeing a drive-in concept in Southern California, Dee opened the first drive-in in Utah. Soon Dee’s Drive-Ins began appearing on corners across the valley. Over the years, Dee’s developed into the largest fast-food chain in the state. After a successful run in the restaurant business, Dee’s legacy lives on through his family.
With this basis in the hospitality industry, family members expanded the Dee’s business into real estate by securing multiple leases and directing capital to retail shopping centers in the Salt Lake Metro Area. Dee’s, now a multi-faceted business, continues to operate the family restaurants along with retail shopping centers, ranch property, hotels, and other real estate related investments. The business is still family owned and operated with additional plans for growth in the real estate and hospitality industries. The Dee’s business philosophy is long-term ownership and management while investing in local communities and maintaining ties to local businesses.