About Sawmill Prime Rib & Steak House
The Sawmill Prime Rib & Steak House serves the finest "AAA" Alberta Prime Rib and steaks coupled with Canada's finest Shrimp, Oyster and Salad Bar, the guarantee of delicious food and professional service has made these award winning restaurants a guest favourite. The elegant and inviting atmosphere features rich tapestry, warm wood finishes, intimate booths, tables or nooks in addition to group seating. These restaurants lead the industry as a premium steak house franchise
The Goodchild family has every right to celebrate every anniversary of Edmonton's first Sawmill restaurant.
While other restaurants have come and gone, the Sawmill has stood the test of time, occupying the lot at 4745 Gateway Blvd for over 30 years.
Owned and operated by the Goodchild's, the restaurant has been part of the family for three generations.
It's a proud tradition that goes back to 1976 when Tom Goodchild opened the doors to the Sawmill.
One year later, his parents, Fred and June helped to make the restaurant a family operation. While Tom took care of the front, June worked as head chef. To this day, the Sawmill still follows June's recipes for clam chowder and Yorkshire puddings.
The original 4,800-sq.-ft. building has been expanded five times over the years to give it 12,000 square feet. The restaurant seats 260 people and there's room for 200 in the lounge.
For the first 16 years the Sawmill had met or exceeded the sales of the previous year. Over that time, Tom was joined by younger brother David, who started as a dishwasher at the age of 13 and worked his way up to join the management team.
The Goodchild's expanded their holdings to seven restaurants in Edmonton and Vancouver, including the Hard Rock Café in both cities.
The brother's success story is based on hard work and taking good care of their customers. "There's nothing that 18 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week won't fix," says Tom.
David, displayed the same kind of determination. "There are no secrets in this industry- hard work, good food, good service and taking care of the public. People don't wish to be taken care of any differently now than they were when they opened."
The Sawmill's well-deserved reputation for quality food has customers lining up for tables, even on weeknights."
"We've got Edmonton's finest salad and oyster bar," said Tom. There are no other restaurants in the city that offer a salad bar with shrimp and oysters, along with a wide variety of cheeses, all for $7.95 at lunch and $9.45 for dinner.
Each location has its own distinct character, patrons have been returning to the rustic Southside sawmill for 30 years because of its elegant ambience and fine dining.
"If you spend your hard earned money at the Sawmill, they promise you'll enjoy it."
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