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Last Word

Cooking Up Home:

Pastry Pub brings alumnus back to Cedar A university is a melting pot containing the uniqueness of each of

its

faculty,

students alumni. there

and Truly,

are

as

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

Syrus

routinely

supports

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.

for

positions

where

they

will

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

community.

restaurant.

related events like the Shakespeare

“Cedar City was like home to me,

Festival.”

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.

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IN VIEW

SUU In View - Fall 2012  

The Fall 2012 issue of Southern Utah University’s alumni magazine.