Serving Time Cafe closes; offers a recipe

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Serving Time Cafe, a popular breakfast and lunch joint staffed by incarcerated women, has closed.

The cafe had been open to the public for the last 13 years.

“Out of concern for the ongoing health and safety of the Utah Department of Corrections staff and the people incarcerated in our facility, we have come to the difficult decision to permanently close the Serving Time Cafe,” said Maria Peterson, Director of Utah Correctional Industries. “For more than 10 years, the Serving Time Cafe has contributed to the UCI mission, providing real-world work experiences for incarcerated women and teaching them valuable skills in food preparation and customer service.”

The cafe had a regular following, and there was often a lunchtime rush. It was also a way for women who were sentenced to prison to gain skills.

As a parting gift, the cafe shared its recipe for its famous peanut butter bars:

Peanut Butter Bars


1 1/2 C. Peanut Butter

1 1/2 C. Butter 1 1/2 C. Sugar

1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar

4 Eggs

1 TBS Vanilla


3 C. Flour

1 TSP Salt

1 1/2 TSP Baking Soda

3 C. Oats


Bake at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes.

Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on top and let cool.


1 C. Butter

1/2 C. Cocoa Powder

4 C. Powdered Sugar

1 1/2 TSP Vanilla

Add milk to consistency desired


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