Ruth’s Diner in Emigration Canyon remains open, despite flooding

May 1, 2023, 2:52 PM | Updated: 5:33 pm

Ruth's diner...

(Photo credit: Ruth's Diner webpage)

(Photo credit: Ruth's Diner webpage)

SALT LAKE CITY — Ruth’s Diner located in Emigration Canyon has prepared sandbags for weeks in anticipation of current water levels in the creek. 

Patrick Mclver, general manager for the diner, said the creek is running four to five feet higher than normal. 

“The water is coming up on one side of the bridge and heading down to our lowest level patio, which is sandbagged all along,” Mclver told KSL NewsRadio.

Despite some flooding, Ruth’s Diner remains open to the public. And part of that has to do with early preparation. 

Many community members and staff came together a couple of weeks ago to begin preparing for flooding. 

“We’ve been sandbagging for a few weeks now, we’ve been very prepared,” Mclver said. 

About Ruth’s Diner

Ruth’s Diner is the second oldest restaurant in Utah and had its ninety-first anniversary back in 2021. 

According to its webpage, during the 50s and 60s, the restaurant was mainly home to fraternity members. Then, in 1977, a fraternity brother purchased the diner. 

Its current owners, Tracy and Erik Nelson, continue to carry the legacy of Ruth’s.

Adam Small, KSL NewsRadio Adam Small, KSL NewsRadio

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Ruth’s Diner in Emigration Canyon remains open, despite flooding