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Our Story

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SINCE 1984

Stan's Burger Shak was opened in a little room off the side of the Johnson's Grocery Store in Hanksville, Utah by Stan and Deena Alvey in 1984.  As the popularity of Lake Powell grew, so did the reputation of Stan's fabulous burgers, shakes and homemade onion rings!  Soon after opening, Stan and his son Dennis (Duke), began construction of the new "Shak" just down the road at the intersection of Highways 24 and 95.  This proved to be a  very profitable move as Lake Powell enthusiasts from all over flocked to their doors.  Soon Stan saw the need for lodging in Hanksville and built the Whispering Sands Motel in 1992.  In 1996 Stan and Deena sold Stan's Burger Shak to their son Dennis and his wife Jessica.  Stan and Deena then built Stan's Chevron. By 2001 Stan's Burger Shak had far outgrown it's facility and was moved to a new location added onto the Chevron station.   We hope to see you on your way through this year, and be sure to check out our other businesses, Whispering Sands Motel, and Duke's Slickrock Grill.

Meet The Team


Awards and recognition serve as landmarks on our journey, affirming the dedication and passion we bring to everything we do at Red Desert Inc. Our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and customer satisfaction has garnered us not only the trust of our clients but also the acknowledgment of industry peers. These awards stand as a testament to the collective effort of our remarkable team, whose hard work and ingenuity consistently push the boundaries. As we move forward, we are inspired to continue raising the bar and setting new benchmarks, fueled by the motivation these accolades provide.

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Our Community

At Red Desert Inc., we deeply recognize the significance of a thriving community. Our affection for Hanksville runs deep, and it's the people of this town who truly hold a special place in our hearts. We believe that a strong community is built upon collaboration, support, and shared values. As a part of this wonderful community, we are committed to playing an active and positive role in its growth and well-being. Through partnerships, events, and initiatives, we endeavor to give back to the place that has given us so much. Our journey of community involvement is driven by our unwavering love for Hanksville and the aspiration to create a brighter future together.

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