Cheers to Bout Time Pub & Grub’s Unforgettable 2023 Moments!

With locations across Utah and into Colorado, Bout Time Pub & Grub has become a favorite spot for sports enthusiasts to unwind while cheering on their teams. Started by a group of friends who wanted to create a neighborhood pub with fresh, craveable food, cold drinks, and great sports in an uncompromising atmosphere, the concept is thriving. Here are Bout Time Pub & Grub’s most memorable stats and moments of 2023!

2023 Highlights

  • 14th Utah location opened
  • 16 operating pubs overall
  • Community sponsor of dozens of sports teams
  • More TVs than tables!

Bout Time Pub & Grub Unveils Latest Utah Locations!

We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate every score and goal with sports fans across the state and excited we added several new locations to the team in 2023.

Welcome Tooele: A New Home for Sports Enthusiasts

In early October, our pub in Tooele welcomed new fans. This new franchise location at 615 North Main Street is owned by James Young and Curtis George, who bring 10 years of Bout Time service to Tooele and the surrounding communities. 

“We’re very excited to introduce our newest location in Tooele,” said Tim Ryan, CFO of Bout Time Pub & Grub, in a press release. “Our goal is to create an inviting space where neighbors and friends can come together. We want people to feel like they are part of the family when they walk through our doors.”

A Toast to History: Bluffdale’s Unique Heritage Pub

Earlier in the year, the Bluffdale location opened in March and brings with it some amazing American history. The pub was built on the site of the Hot Springs Hotel and Brewery, which was a Utah Pony Express station, inn, and brewery founded in 1856 by Porter Rockwell. The brewery was Utah’s first and, at its peak, made 500 gallons of beer a day. 167 years later, beer is now back in Bluffdale.

Colorado Bout Time Cheers on the Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets won the NBA Finals this past summer for the first time in 47 years as a team. The Bout Time Pub & Grub in Sheridan was featured in an article by The Denver Gazette highlighting the excitement the games generated, and ultimately, fans ate and drank to cheer on their Nuggets. “For the Nuggets Game 1, Bout Time’s sales soared 42% compared to the prior Thursday. The Sunday game was even more pronounced, 57% up from the prior Sunday, with most of that (69%) coming from the big boost in alcohol sales.”

2023 for the Win!

Bout Time Pub & Grub has left a mark in 2023, with significant business moments to cheer about. The pubs continue to score touchdowns with neighborhood crowds as the concept gains momentum, and we open new locations that provide an environment where sports enthusiasts can unwind while enjoying fresh food options. Offering a wide range of handcrafted bites every day in our scratch kitchens—including smoked wings, flavorful pizzas, burgers, mouthwatering sandwiches, and salads—our team is proud to deliver craveable food to your table surrounded by unparalleled game-day vibes while cheering on your favorite teams. Here’s to 2024!

Bout Time Pub & Grub Story

More restaurants are turning to frozen foods than ever post-pandemic. Whether due to operational challenges or costs, it’s harder to find unique, scratch-made American food.

That’s something that Bout Time Pub and Grub has aimed to change from its inception. Bout Time’s pub chains are known for being made in-house with fresh, quality ingredients.

But where did Bout Time come from? Why is “never frozen” so crucial to them?

Find out why you should be careful about the restaurants you frequent. Learn the Bout Time Pub & Grub story here!

Bout Time Pub & Grub Story: The Beginning

Joe Fraser got his start in the restaurant business in 1977. However, he saw a change in the industry in the late ’90s.

Gone were the days when food and sauce were made from scratch. As an owner of a Ruby Tuesday franchise in Utah, Fraser saw first-hand the inauguration of pre-made frozen foods.

He wanted to find a way back to those original roots. Saddled with significant debt with Ruby Tuesdays, Fraser felt trapped.

One day, Fraser got a phone call during his wine lunch with friends. It was all about how poorly Ruby Tuesdays was doing.

That was the final straw. Fraser hung up the phone and noticed a corner spot available for lease on his way back to his restaurant.

Fraser called Rusty, the complex’s owner, to find out if he could lease it for his bar dream.

With the help of his friends, Fraser found himself the owner of Bout Time Pub & Grub. He was able to settle his debts with Ruby Tuesday to get out of that business. 

Becoming a Franchise

Fraser brought on his long-time friend, Tim Ryan, as his CFO. Together, they partnered to open more local pubs.

Once Fraser and Ryan opened six pubs, they decided to franchise. Fraser had previous experience managing franchise sites for TGIFs and Applebees.

He didn’t want to go back into that business. But, by franchising, he didn’t have to do that himself.

A Different Kind of Pub

Bout Time stands apart from the rest with our made-from-scratch meals. We utilize fresh meat and hand-sliced ingredients.

At Bout Time Pub & Grub, we don’t have a single microwave. We have a freezer the size of a residential refrigerator. Fraser explained, “The only thing frozen is onion rings because it’s better than what I can make myself.”

We also listen to our customers and consider their thoughts! Whether it be new menu items or what they want to watch on TV, Bout Time is all ears.

Overcoming Adversity

It was unheard of 20 years ago for one company to own 15 club licenses. No one believed we could do that.

Bout Time Pub & Grub is going head to head with other mom-and-pop bars and grills in the nation. The goal is to grow our business, debt free, with a great environment.

Bout Time’s Vision for the Future

Fraser’s vision for the future is always to “take care of the people that take care of us.” He chooses to grow his business from within.

Fraser wants to leave a legacy that empowers others to run their own businesses. He says, “Have fun and make money doing it.”

If this Bout Time Pub & Grub story has left your mouth watering, visit one of their unique pubs. Check out their hand-crafted menu!