New Prairie Schooner owners host grand reopening

Ogden’s Prairie Schooner Steakhouse, known for its covered-wagon dining, will celebrate its grand re-opening June 24 and 25.

OGDEN — A grand re-opening of the Prairie Schooner Steakhouse on Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, will mark a change in management at the Ogden restaurant.

Norm George of Ogden and Julie Johnson of West Point purchased the popular steakhouse — known for its covered-wagon dining — last November.

“We’re just wanting everyone to know there’s new fresh blood; we’re getting it back to the way it used to be,” Johnson said, noting the restaurant had been suffering from a drop in sales and complaints about food quality and service.

The reopening celebration at 445 Park Blvd. includes live music from 6 to 9 p.m. and prize giveaways from 3 to 9 p.m. each night.

Guests can also check out a new gift shop stocked with T-shirts, sweatshirts, shot glasses, etched mugs and other items.

Some new dishes, such as ribs, have been added to the restaurant’s menu, Johnson said, and “the lunch menu was totally revamped.”

But all the restaurant’s signature specialties remain, from the deep-fried mushroom appetizers to steaks like the Wagonmaster, a porterhouse, and the Cowgirl — a bacon-wrapped filet mignon.

Later this summer, the owners hope to open a new patio for outdoor dining, Johnson said.

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The Prairie Schooner, founded in 1976 and open at its current location since 1978, is a themed restaurant known for its steak and seafood, Johnson said.

Guests can eat at tables inside covered wagons; there are 35 wagons in all, set amid a simulated desert landscape complete with “stars” in the night sky.

“It’s definitely the prairie atmosphere, the old country feel — dining in a covered wagon by a campfire. People love it; kids love it,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she and George, who both sell real estate, have “dabbled” in the restaurant business before and purchased the restaurant from George’s son.

“Norm’s owned several bars in Ogden over the years and used to own the Weber Club,” she said.

Johnson’s sister, Michelle Llewelyn, is the new manager of the restaurant.

The Prairie Schooner is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit the website or call 801-392-2712.

Contact reporter Becky Cairns at 801-625-4276 or bcairns@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @bccairns or like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SEbeckycairns.

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