|Van Turner with his son Devin. Two Generations keeping|
this great Gem alive on the West Side of Salt Lake City
The Hook & Ladder was rated in the top 10 burger places for Utah by the Salt Lake Tribune and you can pick up one of the yummiest combo meals at a very reasonable price. My favorite was always the double bacon cheese burger, but with my recent weight loss efforts, I've had to choose other options! Having said that, I still indulge on occasion. As it transitions to a second generation, Van has involved his sons and you can frequently see them working side by side.
|You can't beat the Hook's specials!|
|Firehouse Floral is a also one of Van's|
investments in the community and a great
service to many.
I've never seen Van hold a grudge and he turns the other cheek much easier than I could ever do. A political opponent one day to him, is a friend the next day after the election. I was always frustrated that the Salt Lake Tribune would frequently not endorse him, yet he still won, without spending the money that many of us have spent, proving them and us wrong. I often smile when I'm browsing the Tribune on my iPad and it sends a message asking us to use their app. On that advertisement is a picture of Van next to his business, one of the few times I felt they gave him the respect he deserved. While probably not following you on Facebook or Twitter, Van with his wife, Wendy is busy being a true friend to all. You just have to attend one of their children's wedding receptions to know of the diversity and commitment of their friends are as far as you can see. And in a way that only Van could do, he serves his church helping those who are spending time in a halfway house, encouraging them in their desire to change their life.
I'll never match the qualities of Van Turner, but it's a huge honor to call him friend!