Serving Time Cafe closes its doors

The Serving Time Cafe, operated by Utah Correctional Industries, a division within the Utah Department of Corrections, has announced they are permanently closing operations effective immediately.

“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.”

Located adjacent to the Utah State Prison in Draper, the Cafe first opened in December 2007 to serve quality food to both staff, and families and friends of visiting inmates.

The cafe helped serve as a bridge between the community and the prison, giving members of the public a unique opportunity to see firsthand how UCI prepares people for reentry into the community following prison.

“We want to sincerely thank our regular customers and the local businesses who employed many of our former cafe workers after release,” Peterson said. “Your support of the cafe and UCI has made a positive difference in the lives of many people.

Jobs associated with the Cafe for both staff and inmates will be absorbed into other operations within Utah Correctional Industries.

The Cafe will also not serve as a feature at the new Utah State Correctional Facility being built in Salt Lake City.

To express our gratitude, below we’ve shared the recipe for our 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
  • Frost


  • 1 C. Butter
  • 1/2 C. Cocoa Powder
  • 4 C. Powdered Sugar
  • 1 1/2 TSP Vanilla
  • Add milk to consistency desired

Communications Office, May 19, 2020

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