Happenings -January 2007
Grand County High School
Randy and Meggan
Apadaca, GHCS alumni,
look forward to being new owners of the Broken Oar
by Jeff Richards
Meggan and Randy
Randy Apadaca and Meggan Baxter Apadaca
both attended multiple other high schools before coming to
Moab to finish out their senior year as Grand County High
School Red Devils. They graduated in 1999 and 2004, respectively.
Now, as their second wedding anniversary approaches later
this month, the couple is looking forward to a new challenge
as business owners as they prepare to take over ownership
of the Broken Oar Restaurant, where Randy has been working
as the manager for the past year. Joining them as a partner
will be Randy’s mother Marianne Bawden, who is moving
her popular Marianne’s Bakery business from Center
Street over to the Broken Oar building at 53 West 400 North.
“I’m excited,” says Randy. “It’s
always been a dream of mine to have my own business, and
my mom and I have always wanted to work together.”
“This will be a good opportunity for us to blend our
skills,” adds Randy, adding that the eatery’s
full name will be The Broken Oar Restaurant Eatery featuring
Marianne’s Bakery. “We’re taking two great
products and putting them together in one building,” he
Meggan, 21, attended eight other high schools in California
and Utah before finally coming to Moab in the late fall of
her senior year (2003-04). “The only reason I came
to Moab was to gain Utah residency so that I could attend
the University of Utah,” she recalls. “But now
Moab has been the longest place I’ve ever stayed in
my life -- three years,” she adds.
When Meggan first moved to Moab, she stayed with her mother
and stepfather (Susan Larsen Maxwell and Bob Maxwell). Later,
after Meggan finished high school and got married, the Maxwells
sold their home in Moab and moved back to Pleasant Grove.
Meggan played high school volleyball for four years, but
her transfer to GCHS came just after the Lady Devils’ season
had ended. She played on Pleasant Grove’s state championship
volleyball team as a freshman, scoring the winning point
in the title game.
Meggan has many fond memories of GCHS, and counts math teacher
Bernie Radcliffe as among her favorites. “He had a
good sense of humor, and he genuinely cared about his students,” she
Meggan has worked a variety of jobs in Moab, including motel
desk clerk. She is a certified emergency medical technician
and works as a paramedic for Grand County EMS. She currently
works as an assistant at Moab Family Medicine. After the
Broken Oar reopens in early January, she plans to assist
with event planning, catering parties, and helping Randy
with other aspects of the business.
Randy, 26, moved to Moab in the fall of 1998, shortly after
his mother and his three younger brothers did that summer. “I
was working at a bowling alley up in Salt Lake, so I didn’t
move down here until after they did,” explains Randy,
who had attended both West High and Granite High in Salt
Lake. Randy later got a similar job managing the Gravel Pit
Lanes bowling alley in Moab.
Randy’s interests in high school were more on the artistic
side. A self-taught sketch artist and painter, Randy says
he appreciates the one-on-one art instruction given him by
GCHS art teacher Chris Becker. “He was the first art
teacher I had who actually taught me something,” says
Randy, who painted the murals on the walls of the former
Marianne’s Bakery location.
Shortly before Randy’s graduation in 1999, tragedy
struck the family when his younger brother Gary, then 16,
was killed in a car accident. Randy’s other two brothers
are Neil, 18, who graduated from GCHS in 2006, and Dallan,
15, who is currently a sophomore at GCHS. Single mom Marianne
managed Red Rock Bakery for several years before leaving
to start her own bakery business a year and a half ago.
After graduation, Randy worked full time at the bowling alley
for awhile, then left on an LDS mission to Ventura, Calif.
After returning from his mission, he landed a part time job
at Anasazi Desert Gear, where he soon became the manager.
He also assisted the store’s owner Myke Hughes in operating
his other businesses, including Adrift Adventures and later
the Broken Oar Restaurant.
Randy says he is looking forward to taking over as the new
owner of the Broken Oar. He says the place will open at 7
a.m. in the winter and 6 a.m. starting in March. They won’t
serve a breakfast menu, but Marianne will offer her full
line of freshly baked pastries, croissants, donuts, and muffins,
plus coffee, espresso, and other breakfast drinks.
“Lunch will be a blend of the two menus,” adds
Randy. “Marianne will still have her delicious homemade
sandwiches and soups, plus there will be burgers, wraps,
and salads from the Broken Oar menu.”
“It’s kinda cool because everyone can have lunch
there now, no matter what you like to eat,” adds Randy,
noting that the Broken Oar’s dinner menu will be much
the same as it has been, with the added bonus of being able
to order pastries and desserts from the bakery, along with
The business will continue to offer catering for weddings,
parties, and other events, Randy adds.
Randy and Meggan were married Jan. 22, 2005, slightly less
than a year after their first date on Valentine’s Day
2004, when Meggan was still in high school. Randy proposed
to her that October, and they were married three months later.
Their wedding reception was held at Gravel Pit Lanes, and
attracted several hundred well-wishers.
Randy and Meggan still enjoy supporting GCHS sports and activities,
including attending football games and watching the homecoming
parade. Randy plans to offer special restaurant discounts
for students on special occasions like prom night or Valentine’s
Working multiple jobs makes for some very long days, but
Randy and Meggan both say they thrive on challenges and enjoy
staying busy. They are avid NASCAR auto racing fans, and
also recently traveled to Salt Lake to attend a Utah Jazz
basketball game. They also enjoy spending time at home with
their rambunctious dog Daisy.
“We enjoy being here,” says Meggan. “Moab
has been good to us.”