There’s no snooze button for downtown Salt Lake.
A steady and exciting stream of restaurants is about to open their doors to keep foodies busy all fall. Their main obstacle is the lack of staff and alcohol licenses.
The loved one Martines is running and looking forward to reopening, but a shortage of applicants is currently keeping its doors closed.
For liquor licenses, as of this writing, dozens of bars and restaurants are vying for just three licenses.
There is a lot going on on Main Street, including Tamarind, next to Beerhive, serves Vietnamese; and Poke & Sushi Hut next door Plieku. Looking into the windows, both seem to be about to open.
We are particularly excited about Scott Evans’ expanding culinary empire. The accomplished restaurateur made the SLC resto scene famous in 2010 when The New York Times profiled Pago in the 9th and 9th district. The awards and accolades never stopped, and now he’s set to open Pago on Main, his sixth restaurant, in the location where J. Dawgs used to be. (Don’t worry, the 9th and 9th locations will remain).
We will miss Ollie and Mollie am Main – gone too early – replaced by The ruinwho will also keep their quirky, swanky cocktail lounge in Wilmington’s Sugarhouse.
Teaser: Just a few doors north, the Hope Gallery has sold (goodbye Danish seascapes) and a very exciting concept for this royal space is being planned.
Many memories today when we remember Fireside behind the Eccles Theater. Do you remember the fried quail, no? How about the Sunchoke Pizza, still no? You missed it. Don’t miss Lisa and Jeff Ward’s Mediterranean restaurant, Fenice Bistro. They have warmed up the room and serve refined Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. The couple owns the Silver Star Cafe in Park City, which has been highly praised by WaPo, HuffPo, and the New York Post.
The opening is imminent Flanker at the gateway; the brainchild of Las Vegas Impresario Sean Christie, who ran F&B at Wynn Las Vegas and MGM Resorts. This is the first concept of his new start-up Carver Road Hospitality (the second opening is in the shiny new Resorts World Las Vegas). In short, this is a real highlight for Salt Lake City and very exciting. Flanker enters the space previously occupied by Punch Bowl Social, and we expect a similar sporty entertainment atmosphere.
Our office is obsessed with Santo Taco in Rose Park and we are happy that the owners are growing into the old Alamexo room Monarca. It’s just a stone’s throw from our office – with a new bar on the west side of the room, we’ll be there soon.
Do not break My Heart, –tavern. Wait. I’m still standing you say Right, contrary to what you’ve heard, the beloved Duel Pianos Lounge in the Broadway Media building is reopening, and that’s tickling our keys. Get ready, you can sing “Your Song” on October 29th. Q