Park City’s Red Banjo Pizza Parlour Celebrates 50 Years

“This weekend, a Park City staple will serve up a slice of celebration,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

“Red Banjo Pizza Parlour, Park City’s longest-running family-owned business, will celebrate its 50th birthday with an open house on Sunday featuring banjo music.

Founder Mary Lou Toly said she’s looking forward to hearing the strumming of a banjo again, which is the kind of music she played when she first opened the Red Banjo Saloon on Park City’s historic Main Street on May 24, 1962.

Toly had three children, and when she and her husband divorced, her children started spending time with her at the saloon. That’s when she decided it wasn’t an appropriate atmosphere for families, so she changed the establishment to a pizza parlor.

The only problem was that she had to teach herself to make pizza. “It was a lot of trial and error,” Toly said, before she came up with the restaurant’s specialty, a lemon-studded pie.

Her son, Scott, grew up in the pizza parlor’s kitchen. Along the way, he learned the family’s recipes and started making pizza, too. In the 1980s, Scott Toly took over as general manager, and brought his daughter, Tana, into the kitchen to start learning the trade.”