Los Hermanos Restaurant, an icon in downtown Provo for more than 30 years, announced on its Facebook page Monday night that it will open at the former Old Spaghetti Factory at University Place in Orem.
Los Hermanos was destroyed during a fire at the Center Street location in Provo on Feb. 11. Craig and Lisa Witham, owners of the restaurant began immediately looking for a new location.
“We are thrilled to announce that we have signed a lease with University Place in Orem,” the Los Hermanos Facebook post said. “Thank you for all of the love, prayers, and thoughts sent our way. 3 weeks ago today, we wept as we watched our beloved Downtown Provo Location burst into flames. We searched for a space that would suit us in Downtown Provo or closer to Downtown Provo without any luck. Rebuilding was also not an option as the building was deemed a total loss and we were only leasing our space in Provo. While we will be sad to leave, we are incredibly excited for what’s in store for us as we open this new chapter in Orem at University Place.”
University Place owners issued a statement, expressing their elation that the staple of Provo dining is moving to Orem.
“We are so thrilled to welcome Los Hermanos Mexican Restaurant to University Place,” said Randy Woodbury, president of Woodbury Corp., owner and operator of University Place. “The restaurant is an institution in Utah County, and we are proud the family-owned restaurant has chosen to re-locate with us. This will be an exciting addition to the variety of dining options we currently offer.”
Woodbury said, “The restaurant will move into the former Spaghetti Factory location on the southwest section of University Place.”
A call was placed to the Withams but was unanswered Monday night.
“Los Hermanos has been a mainstay in Utah County for many years,” said Steven Downs, Orem spokesman. “Whether in Provo or Orem, a central location is what will best serve their loyal patrons for many years to come.”
Downs added joking, “On a personal note, I am hoping that it opens in time for my father-in-law to take our family there after the Priesthood Session of the LDS General Conference, as has been tradition for 10 plus years.”
According to Lisa Witham in a Feb. 21 interview, “This is going to be the last time we move.”
According to Dixon Holmes, economic development director in Provo, there were very few open spots for a sit-down restaurant available in Provo.