Coach Bronco Mendenhall and I became friends in the most unusual way. You can read more about us in an article in the Deseret News.
So, where does Bronco Mendenhall hang out?
There’s a table reserved just for him and his staff in a corner. It is there, they can have a little privacy, pound some food down while figuring out life as an independent football program.
It’s called Milagros, a Mexican restaurant at 800 North in Orem by the new WinCo Foods store.
The owner, Dave Tuomisto, forged a friendship with the very private Mendenhall several years ago, far away from chips, salsa and honey pineapple shrimp salads.
Tuomisto and Mendenhall first met over the tail pipes of a Harley Davidson. Now, Mendenhall will pass up 10 Mexican restaurants on the way to dine at Dave’s place.
“He is a friend of mine,” said Mendenhall.
And that label is quite the endorsement by the BYU coach who allows very few into his inner circle.
Dick, thanks for the great story!