Emily and Kevin Bowman have opened Utah’s very first Teriyaki Madness restaurant in Spanish Fork, located at 788 N. 800 E.
The Bowmans moved to Spanish Fork from Las Vegas five years ago after their young son was diagnosed with cancer. Within a month of his diagnosis, they’d left their lives behind and relocated so they could be closer to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
After receiving treatment, their son is now cancer free and the Bowman family has been forever impacted by the generosity and support they’ve received from the community ever since.
Since the move, whenever the five Bowman children travel back to Las Vegas, they ask their parents two questions: “When are we visiting Granny?” and “When are we going to Teriyaki Madness?”
That second question will be a lot easy to answer now that their parents own one here in town.
Teriyaki Madness got its start in Seattle in 2003, and its first franchisee was Kevin Bowman’s brother-in-law, Randy Thomas, who opened up two shops in Las Vegas. This is where the Bowman family got their first taste of the fast-casual food.
After attempts to get Thomas to open a store in this area proved unfruitful, Bowman decided to open his own. This has been a two year journey, and Bowman is ecstatic that things are up and running.
Teriyaki Madness prides itself on its image of being “a little left of center.” This is evidenced by the clever and funny signage used in the restaurant. The franchise even won an award a few years ago for its “chork,” a brilliantly designed cross between a fork and chopsticks.
One of the things that makes Teriyaki Madness unique is its customizable menu. It’s easy for people with specific dietary needs or particular tastes to order exactly what they want. Most of the menu items can be made gluten free.
Their most popular dish is the chicken teriyaki, served with white rice, brown rice, fried rice, or noodles and steamed or stir-fried vegetables. The next most popular is the spicy chicken, and their egg rolls and chicken pot stickers are favorite side dishes.
Creating fifteen new jobs for the community, Spanish Fork’s Teriyaki Madness is the start of something big for the whole state, as it is the first of a planned eleven stores here.
The 1823-square-foot restaurant is located at 788 N. 800 E. in Spanish Fork and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.