Speaking on Business: Porch

Porch Restaurant offers Southern comfort food with an upscale twist.

Chris Redgrave Dec 3, 2018

This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

Restaurants are a driving force in the Utah economy, providing thousands of jobs, approximately 8 percent of total state employment, with estimated sales of almost $5 billion. It can be a competitive industry, but Jen Gilroy has found a niche with her business, Porch Restaurant in South Jordan, located on SoDa Row in Daybreak.

Porch Restaurant offers Southern comfort food with an upscale twist, like the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, made in a sweet tea brine that comes with Porch mac and cheese and a pickled butternut slaw. Or her top-selling Porch Meatloaf, with a tomato balsamic glaze served with buttermilk whipped potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, charred green beans and carrot chips. Porch is also known for their famous Banana Puddin’ Jar, made with real vanilla wafers that sit for just long enough to give the dessert a cakey feel, and customers enjoy this traditional Southern favorite. Porch also offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday that customers appreciate.

As the executive chef and founder of Porch, Jen never planned to go into the restaurant business. She started waiting tables in college and tried several other career paths which all lead her back to become a restauranteur. She started Porch four years ago and has worked hard and smart to provide a great meal while building relationships with her customers.

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For Zions Bank, I’m Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

11274 Kestrel Rise Road
South Jordan, UT 84009

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