If you were riding motorcycles in the 1970s, odds were you were one of millions swept up in the cinematic wave of Bruce Brown’s film, On Any Sunday. The instant cult classic hurtled into theatres the restless summer of 1971. It was a real motorcycle film, unlike any seen before. And in it’s 40-year history, it has both inspired new riders and reiterated a timeless resolve: motorcycles are cool.
The reason we start an article about a new sandwich shop with an ode to motorcycle culture is less about sex appeal and more about why Even Stevens Sandwiches loves Draper, Utah. A place often reminisced about in the language of farms, tractors, chickens ‘n eggs. All that stuff is fine and dandy, but we wanted the unsung story. The hidden, dusty low-down.
It’s all part of the place-making process that makes every Even Stevens Sandwiches unique. Getting up close and personal with the community’s character, and refusing to settle for a cookie-cutter guest experience. Rebels ourselves in the industry, we found a kindred spirit to resonate with in this southern-most Salt Lake valley city. Who knew we’d dust off a history that some locals themselves never knew existed?
What you probably didn’t know is that On Any Sunday brought a Draper landmark to the Hollywood screen. In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, star Malcolm Smith takes on The Widowmaker. Yes, that austere point of the mountain dotted with paragliders in the summer months. West of the big South Mountain homes and visible from I-15. Once the meanest hill in the sport of hill climbing; a hot-bed (literally) of motorcycle culture.
Thousands were drawn to the annual Widowmaker Hillclimb event in the early summers of 1968-1988. Some of the most well-respected riders in the nation burned and bruised their egos there. Families, trailers, Coleman coolers, hippies and wanna-be riders all gathered to watch competitors attempt the 45° climb (some were even smacked by falling bikes). The goal? Top the hill or fall trying. Closest fall to the top wins.
Only a handful of riders ever conquered the hill in its running history. On Any Sunday’s Mike Gibbons included.
And that brings us back to the idea of place. While Even Stevens embarks on a Draper legacy of our own, we’re embracing the community’s character: true grit, enthusiasm, and the support of friends and family. Vintage cycles hang from our ceiling. A 30-foot mural by Salt Lake aerosol artist Sril brings the hill climb to life on our kitchen wall, and our crew dons uniforms reminiscent of 1970s racing culture. Not only is this a place to eat, it is a place to remember: Draper has always been a cool place to be.
Now about those sandwiches. Ah, and delicious salads, bites under $5, breakfast, craft beer, and pink-frosted sugar cookies. Inspired by nostalgic recipes, Even Stevens’ kitchen celebrates the classics with a creative lean. A Sloppy Joe with coleslaw and pickled onions, a mouth-watering jalapeno popper grilled cheese, and even a Vegan “Sloppy Tina,” to name a few. Guests can count on us for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch ‘on any Sunday.’ Live music graces our shop weekly and for those who prefer the open-air, we have a patio seating, too. At first glance, Even Stevens is an exciting new eatery with an all-inclusive approach to food, service and ambiance.
Rebels as we are, however, Even Stevens is much more than just a place to eat. We’re a sandwich shop with a cause.
The brainchild of Draper-native Steve Down, Even Stevens Sandwiches is a for-profit venture committed to ending hunger as a social problem. For every sandwich sold, we donate a nutritious sandwich to a local non-profit. Every sandwich, every day. Creating sustainable social change by feeding the clients of non-profits, and allowing their organizations to direct money towards their other programs. The ones that clothe people, house people and teach people.
The ambition is real. Since opening our first shop in DIf you were riding motorcycles in the 1970s, odds were you were one of millions swept up in the cinematic wave of Bruce Brown’s film, On Any Sunday. The instant cult classic hurtled into theatres the restless summer of 1971. It was a real motorcycle film, unlike any seen before. And in it’s 40-year history, it has both inspired new riders and reiterated a timeless resolve: motorcycles are cool.owntown SLC on June 24th of 2015, Even Stevens has donated more than 120,000 sandwiches to Salt Lake City non-profits. And with Draper’s opening, we expect to add over 50,000 sandwiches a year to that number. Even Stevens Draper will directly support a handful of unique non-profits: Andrew’s Food Pantry, Salt Lake City Mission, First Step House and Crossroad’s Urban Center.
In the way of the Widowmaker riders, we’re committed. Committed to our food, cause and the places we set up shop. Where better to plant our rebel foot down than a city with a wild past? Draper city, we’re here to stay. While serving your city and supporting your non-profits, we celebrate your history. Your hills are our hills.
Whether topping an impossible climb or taking the food service industry by altruistic storm – we relate.
Here’s to the restless and wild.
For more information on how we do what we do, check out EvenStevens.com. Or better yet, come on in and ask our Experience Creators.