Magleby’s in Springville offers family friendly fine dining, catering, events and more

For nearly 45 years, Magleby’s has been serving fine dining to residents, and the restaurant in Springville is proving to be a community staple.

The Parkinson Family -Lenora Parkinson, Richard Parkinson (son), David “Doc” Parkinson. The Parkinson family operated Magleby's through 2023, when they sold it to David Doty.
The Parkinson Family -Lenora Parkinson, Richard Parkinson (son), David “Doc” Parkinson. The Parkinson family operated Magleby’s through 2023, when they sold it to David Doty.

Located at 198 S Main St., Magleby’s offers fine dining, buffets, catering options and special events. The menu that is described as an “eclectic” and “stylish American eatery,” is created and executed by Chef Kuldeep who has been with the restaurant for the past 15 years. 

Visitors have described the food and service as “top notch,” and corporate banquet coordinator,  Maiya Lara agrees, adding that it is the customers who make them want to be the best. 

“Our service and how much we care for our customers sets us apart,” Lara said. “Maglebys truly wouldn’t be where it is without our amazing customers. We appreciate our customers who choose to walk into our restaurant, our brides that choose us to cater for their wedding on their special day and the wonderful businesses that choose us to cater for their events. We strive to leave our customers happy and satisfied with our service.”

Lara started working at Magleby’s in the fall of 2023 after a long held dream of becoming an event planner. She said that there is no place quite like Magleby’s.

Maiya Lara and Jace Collins, a recently engaged couple, set to be married later this year. Enjoying a relaxing dinner at Magleby’s on a Saturday evening with live music.
Maiya Lara and Jace Collins, a recently engaged couple, set to be married later this year. Enjoying a relaxing dinner at Magleby’s on a Saturday evening with live music.

“I have always wanted to be a wedding planner or venue coordinator,” Lara said. “I love our food but most importantly, I really love the Magleby’s environment. When I walk into work, I feel as if I’m walking into a room full of friends and family. It’s an amazing feeling to have and I’m grateful for such a great work environment.”

Lara spoke highly of her two favorite dishes, which are the raspberry cheesecake squares and cream cheese filled crepes with raspberry sauce, but was quick to say that Magleby’s is more than just a restaurant. She spoke about the things that go on behind the scenes, including what they call “the Grotto.”

“We have a beautiful room downstairs called the Grotto,” she said. “It’s a room our customers can book to host a luncheon or dinner. We have many customers who host wedding dinners, business events, birthday parties and family parties. It’s a private area downstairs in the restaurant where many can gather to enjoy a nice meal with family, friends or coworkers.”

A place for families

While fine dining and events are very much a key part of the Magleby’s experience for many of its customers, the family-centered environment that began with restaurant creator David “Doc” Parkinson is still very much intact. 

The Grotto, downstairs at Magleby's, is used for parties, wedding dinners, catered events, etc.
The Grotto, downstairs at Magleby’s, is used for parties, wedding dinners, catered events, etc.

Human resource specialist Marcia Green has worked for Magleby’s for 15 years. She said that while there have been many changes over the years, the restaurant remains very family centered. 

“The family who started it has been great,” she said. “It originated with Doc, and then his son Richard ran it and it was recently purchased by a man named David Doty who has made sure that it stayed with the family friendly feel.”

David Doty, who is the CEO and founder of Kesington Asset Management, posted on his Linkedin profile in the spring of 2023, stating that he hoped to “honor the restaurant’s legacy,” and that he felt like he got to “stand on the shoulders of giants.”

“After investing in a restaurant, I consider it an honor to help carry on the founder’s legacies,” the post reads. “The founders (and their families) were the people who struggled day-in and day-out for decades to establish and grow a brand. I feel like I get to stand on the shoulders of giants. … “Today, we made an investment into Magleby’s. The Parkinson family has owned and operated the fine dining concept for 42 years. With our investment, I am stepping into the role of a Managing Partner, and hope to honor the restaurant’s legacy while growing the catering and restaurant businesses. I am excited to help lead Magleby’s into its next chapter… one piece of chocolate cake at a time.”

Green agreed that the desserts are top notch, adding that enjoying desserts and other entrees at the Grand Buffet is an experience all its own.

“The desserts are out of this world, and the halibut is fantastic!” she said. “Everything is from scratch. All the food is like you would cook at home only better.The blackened chicken pasta is always a staple and the shrimp tacos are amazing. You just can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Our chef is amazing. One of our favorite nights is Grand Buffet night. It’s just magnificent.”

The Grand Buffet takes the last Friday of every month from 4 p.m.  to 9 p.m. and has 16 items to choose from including appetizers, seafood, prime ribs, a carving station and tenderloin carving, lots of side dishes and a large variety of desserts. Green said that this event sells out fast, and that they often book out months in advance.

Green said that the location in Springville is growing, she’s excited about the direction the restaurant is heading, and she looks forward to watch it grow. 

“The whole vibe of the building just fits in with everything,” she said. “It’s an old building that’s been through a few things. It started out as an old grocery store and then it’s been an art museum and now it’s in Magleby’s. It’s just beautiful. The building’s beautiful. You get to go in and have good food and experience a great environment!”

Magleby’s in Springville is located at 198 S Main St. in Springville. It is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. There is a lunch buffet on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Grand Buffet is held the last Friday of every month from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also, every year for Valentine’s Day and Thanksgiving Magleby’s has special reservation only buffets. For more information or for reservations, go to maglebys.com.

Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown is a mom of nine who writes columns for many local and national publications. She currently resides in Payson, and enjoys looking for good happenings in her area and sharing them for others to read about. For more of her stories, search "A Mother's Write" on Facebook.

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