Cooking Up Home:
Pastry Pub brings alumnus back to Cedar A university is a melting pot containing the uniqueness of each of
students alumni. there
many stories as there are people attached to an institution. One such tale of SUU is that of Syrus Saifizadeh (’84) of Kermanshah, Iran. Syrus, along with his brother Saeid, came to America in 1978 and enrolled at SUSC. They’d heard from friends that the school was exceptional and inexpensive and that the community was appealing and hospitable. They found all that to be true, and Syrus earned a business
Opened in 1999 just two blocks
his workers (almost all of whom are
technology degree, subsequently
east of campus, it has become
SUU students) while he was closed.
joining the Marriott Corp. at the
one of the town’s most popular
“It was important that we take care
Salt Lake International Airport. That
restaurants, drawing rave reviews
of our employees,” he said, “because
led to a regional manager position
from customers and filled to capacity
it was fair and because we wanted
with Ambassador Pizza. In the early
most days from morning until late in
them back when we reopened.”
1990s, he gained U.S. citizenship.
the evening. With a menu of unique
All the while over 15 years, he
sandwiches, salads and desserts,
a wide range of service projects
was dreaming about returning to
The Pastry Pub also caters many
and earnestly hires the disabled
the town he enjoyed while in school.
events in Cedar City.
He and his wife Tina, whom he had
“I’d say 30 percent of our business
best fit. He is recognized as an
met in Salt Lake City, finally decided
comes from the University,” Syrus
important member of the Cedar City
to relocate to Cedar City and open a
said, “and a lot more from its
related events like the Shakespeare
“Cedar City was like home to me,
All in all, the bond between SUU and Syrus Saifizadeh has
Syrus is a thoughtful boss. In
paid off handsomely for each, as
December 2008 he was forced to close
well as for many members of the
Both thought it was the perfect
for seven months to clean up from a
University community of the past,
place to open The Pastry Pub.
fire in an adjacent business. He paid
present and future.
and Tina knew that it was my dream to return,” he said.