What do you get when you combine a lifelong passion for cooking, hot sauce and a goat named Clover? You get Heber’s amazing eatery, The OG Cafe, owned by Ryan and April Estel! “I am not reinventing the wheel,” says ...
What do you get when you combine a lifelong passion for cooking, hot sauce and a goat named Clover? You get Heber’s amazing eatery, The OG Cafe, owned by Ryan and April Estel!
“I am not reinventing the wheel,” says Ryan. “I just love to get creative with what I am given.”
Ryan grew up in the culinary world. As a child he watched his executive chef father man the line, and his first job was as a disgruntled dishwasher in his father’s kitchen. As he got older, he picked up kitchen techniques and skills from his father and other professionals in the culinary world.
While Ryan did attend culinary school, it only took one semester for him to realize he just wanted to cook and create. From his first line cook position to being the head chef at one of Deer Valley’s prized restaurants, Ryan has been classically trained on the job. Over the course of his career, he has cultivated the real-world experience and grit needed to strike out on his own.
Ryan and April were high school friends in California, but never really connected until five years ago on Facebook. Soon after reconnecting, they came to visit Utah and fell in love – with Utah and each other. They moved here soon after, bought a house, got married and added another daughter to their family.
“We came here for a better life for our children,” April says.
Ryan and April are very family-oriented and want to focus a lot of energy on what they call “Family Meals.” These menu items are an entire home-cooked meal, big enough to feed a family of four to six for a reasonable price. “We want our community to have family meals that are affordable and hearty,” Ryan explains.
The Old Goat serves American cuisine with a local twist. “We want to stay as local as possible when It comes to our ingredients,” April says. The menu items feature locally-produced beef, produce, breads and cheeses.