Hermie’s has been an icon in Cedar City for nearly 30 years, and if current owner Meri Holman had her way it would remain so for many years to come.
Meri bought Hermie’s in October 2004 with her then-husband Paul Stewart. The two of them ran the restaurant successfully until Paul’s death in 2005. Meri continued to run the restaurant herself until selling it in December 2006.
After remarrying in 2008, she moved with her four children to be with her husband, expecting Hermie’s to continue in her absence. Meri spent most of her childhood in Cedar City, and would hate to see the name disappear.
“When I was a little girl I remember we use to go to Hermie’s and Hermie’s Too and get crunch cones,” she said. “There are a lot of memories in the name for people.”
Meri does not want to move her family, now settled in Salem, Utah back to Cedar City to run the business, but also doesn’t want a community staple to disappear altogether either.
Hermie’s was sold to a family in December of 2006, but Meri said they lacked the background in business and restaurant management to make the business as successful as it could have been. Under the agreements of the sales contract, the new owners were supposed to pay a pre-determined amount per month and then a final balloon payment. When the new owners were unable to make the final payment, the restaurant reverted back to Meri.
Meri is selling the name and all the equipment and furniture in the Hermie’s building, located at 294 N. Main St. The building is leased and the owners of the building are only willing to make necessary improvements if someone signs a long-term lease.
The owners of the building are in Salt Lake City, and Meri said if needed the business can be moved to another location that may be better suited for the restaurant. The building owners are open to negotiations, however, including the idea of constructing a new building.
Whether it is best to relocate the business or keep it next to the park, Meri would just like to keep the history of the name and the memories in Cedar City.
“I really hope someone will buy the name of the store and the equipment and keep the tradition alive,” she said. “It is operable as is, also and the things that need to be fixed in the current building can be done for a long-term tenant.”
But if the owners do nothing they are going to be left with another empty building and an eye-sore in the downtown area the city is working hard to revitalize, she said.
Some of the equipment included in the price Meri is selling the business for are an ice cream machine, a large grill, double fryers, a walk-in refrigerator, multiple freezers, myriad other large and small restaurant-quality items and equipment, the booths and furniture as well as the Hermie’s name that has been a part of Cedar City for so long.
Interested parties can call Meri at (702) 205-1106.