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Restaurant Happenings - April 2007

 

Hogi Yogi. Taste It. Love It. Crave It.

Hogi Yogi
396 S. Main
Moab, Utah 84532
435-259-2656


Cold, icy drinks taste good, and ice cream, sherbet and yogurt are good ways to cool down from the inside out. What do you do? Head to Hogi Yogi where you can be as creative as you like in concocting a cool sensation out of ice cream, yogurt or sherbet. If you can’t decide on your own, no doubt owner Carter Frank can give you some good advice.

Carter has years of experience at serving people. He grew up in Salt Lake amidst a family involved the hotel and restaurant business. He started learning the business as a child when he was put to work in the family businesses. Today, he’s the only one left in the food service industry, but he is completely content with his life’s work.

Carter moved to Moab in 1995 to open the Hogi Yogi franchise. He thought Moab was a good business location and a good place to live.

“I was right on both counts,” he says. “Moab has been very good to me as a business place and I love living here.”

Carter says he feels especially fortunate because of the all the local support he gets. “I feel really thankful that I have so many local customers who come back day after day.”

In return, Carter does whatever he can to support the community. “It’s nice to be a part of a small community. It’s part of what’s so great about living in Moab,” he says.

In 1999, Carter expanded his business to include Teriyaki Stix. “The two restaurants really complement each other,” he says. “In the summer time people want fast, cool foods, so they come to the Hogi Yogi side for a sandwich. On rainy, cooler summer days, and in the fall and winter, they come to Teriyaki Stix for a hot bowl of food. The two restaurants really balance each other out. It’s just about perfect.”

Of course, what most people see – and really care about – is the food. His customers buy more turkey sandwiches than any other sandwich, but he was hard pressed to come up with a bestseller in the yogurt combinations.

“There are so many combinations. We have chocolate yogurt and vanilla yogurt. Then you can add cookies, candy bars, fruit, nuts, marshmallows….anything you want.”

“Probably our most popular blend is cheesecake flavors. Cream cheese, graham crackers and fruit. Blueberry cheesecake is a big one.”

He likes to see people experiment with different combinations and says they are usually surprisingly good. One local customer favors vanilla yogurt, blackberries and Snickers bars.

Hogi Yogi’s Sherbert Twists combine yogurt, sherbet and fresh fruit. What a great way to start the day! And your day can start pretty early at Hogi Yogi. The restaurant opens at 9:00 a.m.

Hogi Yogi also offers cookie sandwiches, created with your favorite fresh-baked cookies and your choice of ice cream.

At Hogi Yogi, they aim to please — whether they see you every day or only once in a lifetime. “We’re happy to take care of everyone. Whether it’s folks stopping in for cold drinks or smoothies early in the morning, or visitors to Moab who are setting out for a day in the parks and want sandwiches to go, we’ll make them and send them on their way.”

Hogi Yogi is located at 396 S. Main. They are open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. (Closed at 10:00pm Monday-Thursday.) For more information or to place an order, call 259-2656 and be sure to mention you read about it in the Moab Happenings.

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