The Hires Big H Story

Hires Drive-In was founded in 1959 by Don Hale. Don was a grocer by trade. During the depression, his parents built a grocery store onto their home to help supplement the family income.

Don Hale GroceriesYears later, Don worked his way through school and supported his young family by operating the grocery store. Always being involved with fresh produce and quality meat through the grocery store, Don decided to become a restaurateur by opening a hamburger drive-in in Salt Lake City.

Because of Don's attention to detail, Hires Big H Drive-in has become famous for its sensational Big H, fresh cut fries, homemade onion rings, special dipping sauce and frosty mugs of root beer.

Don and Shirley HaleHires Big H is the gathering place for tasty food and cheerful service for friends and family from all walks of life.

Alongside a successful man, there often stands a wonderful woman. Such is the case with Don Hale. Don married the beautiful Shirley Hickman in 1947. Shirley has supported Don in his many endeavors, assisting in the restaurants, particularly in the early days, by providing recipes and making sauces. Shirley happily raised four children and in many respects is the reason for any success the Hale family has achieved.