Lennox Smith knows paradise. The Glitretind Restaurant server was born and raised in the island paradise of Jamaica. Fourteen years ago, he made his way to Utah, where he experienced a new kind of mountain paradise. Since then, he has returned every winter season, and recently decided to stay on all year-round.
For Lennox, the term “paradise” is defined by much more than geographic splendor. True paradise, be it island or mountain, is fostered by the people who call a place home.
“One of the main things is just like walking down the road, and somebody says hi to you. When I was living in New York, I never saw that. In Jamaica, that happens. In Park City, that happens.”
Whether he introduces himself as your server, or strolls past you on his day off, Lennox is sure to greet you with a warm and genuine smile.
“Always hit them with that smile,” he joked.
It’s apparent why guests regularly request Lennox. Many are even willing to wait for one of his tables. His sincere kindness, paired with his natural charm and playful spirit, make him a friend to all, whether they be first-time guests or repeat visitors.
Lennox first came to Stein Eriksen Lodge in 2004, when he was personally recruited by Stein Collection’s Vice President of Human Resources to join the team.
“I loved the place when I came out here my first time to Utah. It’s beautiful. And I kept on coming back. I think we have a fabulous team. We have good leaders too. I’m a part of this family, and I love this family.”
But what about the weather? You don’t have to be a geographer to know that Jamaica and Utah have very different climates.
“A lot of people, especially my mom, ask ‘How do you cope with that cold?’ I always tell her it’s not cold. You just gotta dress the part.”
Not only has Lennox learned to dress the part, he’s learned to act the part too, embracing all Park City has to offer.
“I bike, walk, and run a lot too. I like the air up here. When I finish hiking, I can come in and have lunch [at Glitretind].”
He enjoys exploring the outdoors, but his true passion has always been soccer. Lennox played competitive soccer most of his life growing up, and played for the prestigious Montego Bay Cricket Club back in Jamaica.
“I live for sports, especially soccer. When I go home, my TV is on either NBC or Fox Sports.”
When he first moved to Park City, he formed a small soccer team with some fellow Stein Eriksen Lodge team members and played at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse. Unfortunately, due to injuries sustained playing soccer, he can no longer play. Lennox always gives 100%, and soccer was no exception.
“I used to cheat myself and play even when the doctor said I should stop.”
He recently decided, with much reluctance, to finally hang up his soccer cleats for good, but he still finds time to enjoy the sport as a spectator. He occasionally drives down to Real Salt Lake games, and knows that his love for soccer will always be an important part of who he is.
“In anything that you do in life, you’re always going to have your ups and downs but the good is always gonna overcome the bad.”
Lennox is a positive force. His optimism guides him through his life and career. Sometimes people ask why he has chosen to work in one place for so long. He just replies with his token Lennox smile and says,
“If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Why should I move on? I love it here, and I’m happy here.”
Each of our team members has a story, and we hope to share them with you through our “Behind the Lodge” posts. It is the warmth and dedication of exceptional team members like Lennox who truly bring life to this place. Be sure to say hello to Lennox next time you stop in at the Lodge.