December 01, 2021


Christmas is several weeks away, but a few anticipated presents will be unveiled this week! A diverse pipeline of restaurants are set to open--from quick fare to classic French--there is a concept for every taste. Savor the holidays and head downtown to experience something magical.  

Ryan Lowder’s Copper Common reopens December 1 after a renovation of the interior and with a new menu. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher as we keep asking ourselves what was wrong with the old space. However, knowing Lowder and his desire to frequently revitalize his enterprises, we know he won’t let us down. Just keep that C.O. Burger, please! (@coppercommon)

As reported, Tamarind, the bright and colorful Vietnamese restaurant owned by two downtown lawyers, is set to open December 2 across from the Eccles Theater. They’re offering healthy, quick and flavorful Pho from a family recipe. There have been some special preview nights, we know because we walked by like Charlie Brown, having not been invited. Not jilted, just excited-- Pho-real. (@tamarindslc)

Laurel opens December 4 and is set to be the most expensive restaurant ever built in Utah--yes, more than The Mayan (bonus points for remembering). Grand America has gutted their restaurant and imagined a modern brasserie. This stunning space is on a scale rarely accomplished in Utah and an outdoor patio is expected in the spring. (@laurelslc) 

On December 8 you’ll find us at the opening of Flanker Kitchen and Sporting Club at The Gateway. We’ve been teasing this location for a couple months and are excited for the Miss Piggy, Tiki-Pena, and Rendez Vous--cocktails created by the world-renowned mixologist Francesco Lafranconi. This guy hangs with everyone from Ferran Adria to Lionel Richie. So, we’ll consider ourselves in good company next week. (@flankerslc)

Shades Brewing expanded to downtown (actually on the same block as our office, so watch out). This boho chic location is a little hard to find unless you’re looking for it above Himalayan Kitchen at 366 South State Street. Shades Tap Room offers beer to go and is open daily 11am to 1 am. Have you tried the Plum? It’s the best sour made in Utah. (@shadestaproom) 

With a face made-for-tv, Bambara re-introduces us to Chef Jerry Pacheco. He’s ignited some of the most notable restaurants downtown, including Copper Onion, Pallet, and Avenues Bistro. While the blue cheese potato chips stay--thank God--expect a well-deserved overhaul of the menu as Pacheco leans-in to his Mexican heritage. (@bambaraslc)

Finally, Carson Kitchen unveiled a mouthwatering winter menu that we will be savoring soon. The 10 new dishes from chef/owner Cory Harwell, including a savory pork meatloaf and foie butter and jelly sound delightful. Our recommendation from past visits is to find yourself at the bar or exhibition kitchen and ask the mixologist or chefs to plie you with their talents. They’ll make you a believer. (@carsonkitchen)

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We’re not playing favorites, really, but we’re over the moon for Martine’s plan to reopen. Once thought lost forever, they are revamping the menu and looking for a triumphant return in mid-November. Just around the corner, another beloved restaurant, Tin Angel at the Eccles Theater is now open before performances. 

At The Gateway, Italian Graffiti, a new high-end Italian dining concept from the partners at HallPass, are in build-out of the CPK space, eyeing a spring opening. This is the second ‘get’ for The Gateway after the announcement that Vegas nightlife impresario Sean Christie will open his first concept in the nation (under his newly-formed Carver Road brand) on the north end of the property. Expect a star-studded event when Flanker opens next month in the space that formerly housed Punch Bowl Social.  

Two lawyers are pho-filling their dreams (no groaning allowed). North of Beerhive, Tamarind will begin serving Vietnamese cuisine in the next couple weeks. Perfect timing for a big warm bowl of Pho, made with a secret family recipe. On deadline, we also noticed Poke & Sushi Hut has a banner out, south of Plieku. (Anyone know what happened to LemonShark Poke? A year and a half later, a lonely sign still beckons, ‘coming soon.’ Time is relative, we suppose).

Speaking of the lonely ‘coming soon’ sign… A long--long--time ago the space next to Undercurrent was supposed to be Oddfellows Food Hall. For months you could peer into the space and see slow to no progress. Then, over a year ago, a striking modernist sign announced that Niccoli’s would be ‘opening soon.’ The folks behind the now-shuttered Sea Salt never produced. Now, according to Stuart at Gastronomic, the space has a third operator and concept called Salt and Olive. We hope to see it ‘soon.’

Brick & Mortar has softly opened in the Campos space on Edison Street, we’re glad this airy, bright space has been activated with a youthful, energetic feel. (Oddly, Brick & Mortar is not related to Mortar & Pestle 200 feet diagonally across the street.)  

Up in City Creek Center, CoreLife Eatery across from Cheesecake Factory closed quietly sometime in the last few months, replaced by Utah’s favorite smothered pork burrito: Cafe Rio

We ran into Governor Cox at the grand opening of Fenice on Regent. Wonderful ambiance with a side of duck confit carbonara was perfectly rich for a rainy day. Pro Tip: sit at the counter and learn all about the food from the chefs. Downtown luminaries also attended Pago on Main’s opening and treated to boar meatballs and amazing beef tartare. Two takeaways: Fenice is 21 and over and Pago is serving until midnight on the weekends.

Here are two tropes that operators are elevating and echoing--lack of liquor licenses are slowing the opening of exciting concepts in Salt Lake City. Fourteen restaurateurs crouched at the last DABC meeting ready to pounce on just three licenses. However, perhaps a more urgent roadblock to new and existing restaurants is the labor shortage. There are a couple new concepts downtown that have not opened  their doors yet because no one is applying. And, some restaurants are shortening their hours due to this labor crisis. 

Attn: Restaurateurs! C.W. Urban, the developer of under-construction the RANDI at 200 East and 200 South, is actively looking for an operator for their prime, ground floor, corner space with giant windows. With nearly a thousand new apartments under development within a  block of this location, this spot seems like a winner.

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September 21, 2021

ON THE STREET | September

There is no snooze button for downtown Salt Lake. 

A steady and exciting stream of restaurants are on the cusp of opening their doors, keeping food folks busy through the fall.

Scott Evans’ impressive culinary empire expands. The savvy restaurateur put the SLC resto scene on the map in 2010 when The New York Times profiled Pago in the 9th and 9th district. The accolades and awards never stopped and soon he will open Pago on Main, his sixth restaurant, in the location formerly housing J. Dawgs. (Don’t worry, the 9th and 9th location is staying put).

We’ll miss Ollie and Mollie’s--gone too soon--replaced by The RUIN, which will also keep their original swanky cocktail lounge on Wilmington in Sugarhouse. 

Teaser: Just a few doors north, Hope Gallery has sold (goodbye Danish seascapes) and a very exciting concept is being planned for that regal space. 

Lots of memories today as we recall Fireside behind Eccles Theater. Do you remember that roast quail, no? How about the sunchoke pizza, still no? You missed out. Don’t miss Lisa and Jeff Ward’s Mediterranean restaurant, Fenice Bistro. They’ve warmed up the space and hope to open October 13. The couple own Park City’s Silver Star Cafe which has been highly praised by WaPo, HuffPo, and New York Post.

The opening is imminent for Flanker at Gateway; brainchild of Las Vegas impresario Sean Christie who managed F&B at Wynn Las Vegas and MGM Resorts. This is the first concept from his new start-up Carver Road Hospitality (second opening is inside the shiny new Resorts World Las Vegas). In short, this is quite the ‘get’ for Salt Lake City, and very exciting. Flanker enters the space formerly occupied by Punch Bowl Social, and we expect a similar sports-driven, entertainment vibe. 

Our office is obsessed with Santo Taco in Rose Park and are ecstatic for the owners to grow into the Alamexo space with Monarca. It’s a stone’s throw from our office--with a new bar on the west side of the room, expect to find us there soon. 

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Tavernacle
Wait. I’m Still Standing, you say? That’s right, contrary to what you heard, the beloved dueling pianos lounge reopens in the Broadway Media building, and that tickles our keys. Get ready, you’ll be able to sing Your Song very soon.

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It’s a universal truth that anytime is sandwich time. But as the heat of this fiery summer
gratefully softens into fall, we submit that these are the best days for grabbing a sandwich and
having a seat on a bench in Gallivan Plaza, Pioneer Park or your favorite urban oasis for a little
midday nosh away from your computer. Following are a baker’s dozen of scrumptious
downtown sammies sure to satisfy your most intense meat-and/or-veggies-between-two-slices-
of-bread cravings.

You really can go wrong with any sandwiches at Bocata (28 S. State Street, inside the City Creek
Center food court). Like its sister restaurant, Settebello Pizzeria Nepoletana, everything is made
by hand with high quality, fresh ingredients. If we had to pick just one Bocata sandwich,
however, it would be the BLT, made with applewood-smoked bacon, arugula, fresh tomatoes
and then topped with a perfectly jammy, fried organic egg.

At Caputo’s Market & Deli (314 W. Broadway)—a bona fide Salt Lake City institution—the king
of the sandwich menu is The Caputo, a toothsome combo of prosciutto, mortadella, salami,
provolone, lettuce, tomato and imported olive oil and balsamic vinegar, layered on fresh
Tuscan baguette from Stoneground Bakery.

With autumn’s brisk days just around the corner we’re regularly daydreaming about Eva’s
Bakery’s (155 S. Main) heavenly grilled cheese sandwich: Gruyere and bechamel sauce placed
between two slices of fresh, housemade country bread which is then grilled panini-style to
perfection and served with a creamy tomato basil soup. In other words, comfort on a plate.

The mustardy, oh-so-tender braised brisket sandwich at From Scratch (62 E. Gallivan Avenue)
is a meat-eater’s delight. Its slow-braised brisket, aged cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce,
pickled shallots and homemade sourdough are brought together in a delectable symphony with
a healthy slathering of perfectly balanced mustard aioli.

For a tasty riff on a classic French dip, head up to the rooftop patio at Gracie’s (326 S. West
Temple) for the turkey dip, a toasted baguette layered with house-roasted turkey and red
peppers, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and chipotle mayo. Served, of course, with a side of
flavor-packed chipotle au jus.

There’s not much that pairs as well with a cold draft beer than Green Pig Pub’s (31 E. 400
South) Pig-A-Delphia cheesesteak sandwich: thinly sliced top round and sauteed Anaheim
Peppers and onions are piled high on a toasted ambassador roll and then covered with
Monterey Jack cheese. A trip under the broiler right before delivery to your table gives this
sandwich its ooey-gooey appeal—along with the side of jalapeno ranch for dipping.

When you’re craving a sammie, but are trying to cut down on carbs, the Mediterranean Doner
wrap at Spitz (35 Broadway) is an alternative that doesn’t feel like one. Tucked within a thin,
lavash-style wrap is hummus, kalamata olives, feta, Romaine lettuce, cabbage, tomato, onion,
green pepper and cucumber—all drizzled with Spitz’s zesty tzatziki sauce. (Be sure to ask for
extra for dipping.) Spitz’s Mediterranean Doner wrap is fabo as is, or add beef and lamb,
chicken, mixed meat or falafel for an extra-hearty nosh.

Warning: you may need a spare shirt after tucking into a fried chicken sandwich from Pretty
Bird (146 Regent Street). This amazing slider hits all of the most satisfying flavor and texture
notes: a crispy-on-the-outside, moist on the inside fried chicken breast is piled with crunchy,
slightly sweet cider slaw; vinegary pickles; and the creamy, lemony-bright Pretty Bird sauce. All
served on a pillowy roll from Eva’s Bakery.

Pretty Bird ain’t the only fried chicken sandwich show in this town, however. Ginger Street’s
(324 S. State Street), spicy crispy chicken sandwich is an Asian-Americana celebration served
on a brioche bun, made with green papaya slaw, tomato, jalapeno and custardy kewpie mayo.
Stop in to Ginger Street to get one for lunch on Wednesdays, when it’s on special for just $5.

The fresh fish sandwich at Red Rock Brewery (254 S. 200 West) changes weekly and is a
consistent hit. A recent iteration featured grilled salmon slathered with coconut-curry mayo
and stacked with peppery arugula, vine-ripened tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and caramelized
onions, served within a pita pocket.

Celebrating 50 years in business downtown this year—and celebrated for its authentic German
fare—is Siegfried’s Deli (20 W. 200 South). There, second in popularity only to the wiener
schnitzel, is Siegfried’s Rueben, made with house-made corned beef and sauerkraut, pickles,
mayo, mustard and Swiss cheese, all served on made-fresh-daily rye bread (with caraway seeds
or without).

A second downtown Reuben worth sampling is Squatter’s (147 Broadway) Pub Rueben, made
with Niman ranch peppered pastrami, house-brined sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and a generous
slather of Cajun remoulade on a fresh marbled rye. The perfect accompaniment to a pint of
Squatter’s Juicy IPA.

The sandwich that put the center of downtown Salt Lake City’s sandwichdom—The Robin’s
Nest (311 S. Main St)—on the map is the Rooster Call: classic chicken salad with cashews and
red grapes served on a ciabatta bun smeared with honey Dijon mustard. Yummo!

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For many, being served a meal outside feels just a little more special and festive than eating indoors. But following this last year of eating restaurant food out of to-go boxes, we’re anticipating that this season’s return of patio dining will be particularly sweet. Following is a round-up of downtown Salt Lake restaurant patios, decks and sidewalks where you can partake in a fantastic meal or cocktail in the great outdoors. Cheers!       

Upscale Patios, for Date Night or a Girls Night Out 

Exceptional Italian fare with a thoughtfully curated wine list served against the backdrop of a verdantly elegant patio is what you’ll find on the lovely patio at Caffé Molise (404 S. West Temple). Though the opening of its neighbor, the Broadway Cinemas is still TBD, the team at the Copper Onion (111 E. Broadway) are now serving the elevated comfort food they are so well known for both inside and outside on the covered patio.  

Plenty of greenery gives the brick-walled patio at Current Fish & Oyster (279 E. 300 South) a distinctly hip and modern vibe. The seafood-centric menu, well-assembled wine list and creative cocktails there are pretty impressive, too.  
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Though certainly outside, the intimate back patio at Eva (317 S. Main St.), festooned with hanging plants and string lights, is a charming backdrop for the well-executed small plates and drinks served there. Scheduled to open nearer to Mother’s Day. 

Bars, Brewpubs and Other Casual Joints

There’s nothing quite like sitting outside in the sun on a balmy day and sipping a perfectly poured pint. If that sounds like heaven to you, then you’ll love the Beer Bar (161 E. 200 South). 

The wooden-slat walled patio at the Copper Common (Broadway & Edison Streets) is an ideal place to quaff a Mountain Medley (the house’s riff on a Moscow Mule) and nibble on an order of roasted beets or a spicy pizza while you watch the world go by on Broadway.
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Ginger Street (324 S. State St.) paints a pretty wide brush in terms of the Southeast Asian cuisine you’ll find on the menu at this fun, energetic spot, including dumplings, pad Thai and a French dip/ban mi sandwich mashup.

See and be seen at Gracie’s (326 S. West Temple) fun rooftop deck, where the party is always just getting started. What’s more, an ample and well-executed dinner menu makes Gracie’s an ideal destination for more than just-drinks.   
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Though you can get Sunday brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks at the Green Pig Pub (31 E. 400 South), most people go for drinks and one of the Green Pigs many themed event nights, which include trivia, karaoke and a blues jam.

Whether their claim of “the largest outdoor patio in downtown SLC” is true or not, the patio at The Ivy (55 W. 100 South) certainly is roomy, allowing plenty of space to stretch out and partake in one of the mixologists creative cocktails or something from the enticing dinner and small plates menu.

The Staten Island-esque vibe at Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery/Fat Kid Pizza (357 S. Main St), gratefully located in the heart of downtown SLC, is all about hospitality, old school Southern Italian fare and good times. Watch for the outdoor dining to reopen here when the exterior construction is completed later this summer. 

A canopy and hanging flower baskets make sitting on the small sidewalk patio at Red Lotus Bistro (329 S. State St) a lovely way to spend your midday or evening meal. Doing so while sipping this eatery’s kumquat basil seed refresher makes the experience even better.   

A staple of the downtown brewing and dining scene since 1994, Red Rock Brewery (254 S. 200 West) offers consistently tasty fare and expertly crafted beer served on a comfortable, family-friendly patio.  

Those in the know head down to The Gateway to gather around the firepits in front of the hip Seabird Bar & Vinyl Room (7 S. Rio Grande). There you can sip seasonal craft cocktails (or beer and wine) whilst listening to vinyl-recorded tunes.   

The lavash wrap sandwiches, aka doners, are the cornerstone of the satisfying menu at Spitz (35 Broadway). When you go, however, arrive hungry, and consider getting an order of the to-die-for Berliner Fries, too. Along with a cold draft beer or glass of icy sangria, of course.
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The enclosed back patio at Squatter’s (147 W. 300 South)—the first brewpub to open in Salt Lake City in 1989—is the ideal setting for sampling a flight of craft beers alongside an order of their famous fish and chips. What’s more, well-behaved dogs are welcome on Squatter’s patio, too.

You’ll forget you’re dining downtown at Stoneground’s (249 E. 400 South) private and protected patio, where you can nosh on New York-style pies and housemade pasta.

Conveniently located next door to Bar-X, the sidewalk patio at Taqueria 27 (149 E. 200 South) is a popular spot to sit under the cheery red umbrellas for margaritas, tacos and an order of housemade chips and smashed-to-order guacamole. 

String lights and pro DJs light up most nights on the huge outdoor patio at Twist Bar & Bistro (32 Exchange Place), located on the historic Exchange Place cul-de-sac. 
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For a neighborhood-tavern vibe with satisfyingly excellent food, head straight to Poplar Street Pub (242 S. 200 West)—the perfect spot to watch the game, even from outside on the big outdoor patio. 

Herbivores have no dilemma about where to go for vegan fare, well-made cocktails and live music in downtown SLC: the patio at Zest Kitchen & Bar (275 S. 200 West).

Fast Casual

Precious few eateries in Utah can claim the food-institution status enjoyed by Caputo’s Market & Deli (314 W. 300 South), where you can knock out some grocery shopping after you sit on the Pioneer Park-facing patio eating your yummy made-to-order deli sandwich.  

If you haven’t been to downtown’s midblock thoroughfare between Main and State (bookended by 100 and 200 South), it’s high time you paid Regent Street—aka good-eats alley—a visit. There you can indulge in a delectably drippy fried chicken sandwich and can of rosé at Pretty Bird Hot Chicken (146 Regent St); good-for-you acai bowls, smoothies and toasts at Honest Eatery (115 Regent Street) and authentic Mexican street food at Maize Tacos (135 Regent Street)—all three of which offer sidewalk seating.

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In case it’s been a while since you’ve visited downtown, be prepared for lots of change when you do go. Most of the laundry list of construction projects planned prior to the pandemic are now underway, including the Convention Center Hotel, The Revival, Paperbox Lofts and many more.

While each one of these projects is sure to deepen downtown Salt Lake City’s unique vibrancy, one in particular—now under construction at 255 South State Street—promises a welcome trifecta: affordable housing, activated public spaces and preservation of one of downtown Salt Lake City’s only remaining single-family homes.

On a recent Wednesday in late March 2021, as I peered over the construction fencing surrounding the 255 South State site, I saw construction workers busily directing a fleet of backhoes moving earth and detritus around a lot-sized hole in the ground.  Illinois-based Brinshore Development is now well underway since initiating construction in January 2021.  While I might have expected more progress, Whitney Weller, Brinshore senior vice president, explained that before her company could hang one steel beam to begin raising their project, the site required some serious reclamation. 

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In 2012, a previous developer had broken ground at 255 South State on a mixed-use development—an effort that was eventually abandoned in 2015. A subsequent building analysis revealed the structural system was unstable and would have to be demolished. And so when the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City purchased the property at auction and selected Brinshore, along with KTGY Architects + Planners, to take another stab at redeveloping it, erasing the past developer’s mistakes became part of the deal. “Though there were many challenges to overcome with the site, David Brint (Brinshore principal) has spent a good deal of time in Utah and loves it there,” Weller said, “and Salt Lake City has a lot going for it, with a great food scene and an abundance of local partners to work with, which were all draws for us.”

Brinshore’s plans for 255 South State call for a modern 190-unit mid-rise and high-rise community featuring affordable, workforce and market-rate housing.  The ground-level will feature a pedestrian walkway with live/work units for entrepreneurs, community gathering space and retail and food concepts designed by Plowshare Partners, a venture between local restaurateur Ryan Lowder of the Copper Kitchen, Copper Onion, Copper Common and The Daily Café, and James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Zakary Pelaccio.  According to Keith McCloskey, LEED AP, associate principal at KTGY, these uses will be packaged within a contemporary aesthetic—utilizing galvanized steel awnings and detailing, aluminum paneling and brick facades—that will both set off and complement downtown’s rich architectural diversity. “255 South State will add a modern twist to the downtown business district’s skyline by combining the elegant look of contemporary glass and sleek metal with the industrial feel of an artist loft community,” McCloskey said.

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But what is sure to be 255 South State’s most defining element is its open-to-the-public paseo—a wide, plaza-like walkway tucked between the project’s eight-story south tower and 12-story north tower. This space will not only create an inviting connection between State Street to the west and the edgy Edison Street commercial area, home to Campos Coffee and Diabolical Records, to the east, but will be a vibrant destination in of itself. An amphitheater, open-air dining and “Artisan Alley” are a few of the features along this walkway, which travels through the development on a visually pleasing diagonal. The focal point of the paseo’s eastern end is the charming Cramer House, an 1890-era brick building where Danish immigrant Christopher Cramer lived and sold the flowers he grew in gardens that once populated the block. Brinshore will restore the Cramer House, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1982, to use an event space or unique dining concept.

Finally, thanks to its almost dead-center locale in downtown Salt Lake City, future residents of this exciting new development will enjoy steps-away access from the Gallivan Plaza TRAX station, multiple downtown performance venues, museums, grocery stores restaurants and nightlife.  

Downtown Salt Lake City’s 255 South State development is scheduled for completion by early 2023. For progress updates, visit

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It’s starting to feel like we’re in the home stretch of the pandemic with vaccine distribution finally underway. We are looking forward to the summer months when the impacts from the vaccine start to take hold and outdoor dining becomes an option again. Until then, our retail businesses need customers as much as ever. Let’s be sure to support our shops and restaurants to make sure they make it through for us to enjoy after the pandemic!

Recently Opened:

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The Ivy | 55 West 100 South
This cocktail bar-restaurant has been in the works for a little while now and was finally able to open its doors recently. It considers itself a modern American bar offering a contemporary, ingredient-led menu. Personally, I’m hoping the falafel waffle tastes as good as it is fun to say, but there are plenty of mouthwatering options available. Look forward to patio season as they are reinvigorating the old Caffé Molise patio, and they’re working on a secluded outdoor space for private events.

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Janela Bay | At City Creek Center
Based in Orem, Janela Bay designs stylish but modest swimsuits for all body types. You’ll find a selection of one-piece suits and tankinis, and they even have maternity designs and kids’ suits.

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Paper Source | At City Creek Center
This stationary chain opened just in time for Valentine’s Day! Visit to get your hands on custom cards and gift supplies to send to all of your valentines even if you won’t be able to see them in person this year. Of course, you can visit year-round to get everything from custom stationary and calendars to craft kits and party supplies.

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Varley | 63 West 100 South
Sister concept to The Ivy, Varley is located right next door. They even share a kitchen so you can order from a selection of the food menu in addition to one of the signature cocktails. The space is outfitted with custom wood tables and other elegant finishes. Varley is brought to you by the folks behind Soundwell, so we expect to see some great live music over time.

Opening Soon:

Ascoli Espresso | 30 East Broadway
Its flagship store is at Pike Place Market in Seattle, but Ascoli Espresso is preparing to open a location in the center of Downtown SLC. You can expect a true Seattle coffee experience as they bring their signature blends and pastries. The coffee shop is expected to open for business next month.

Cotton On Kids | At City Creek Center
Hailing from Australia, Cotton On has proven to be a popular fashion outlet among hip Salt Lakers. City Creek Center is preparing to add a version geared specifically toward an even younger audience.

Edison Street Brewery | 229 South Edison Street
We’ve been hearing rumors for a while about a brewery going in on the east side of Edison. While we still don’t know much about it, we did receive confirmation just last week. You know we’ll share details as soon as we know more!

Karma | 122 West Pierpont Avenue
We recently noticed the signs change on the spot that most recently featured Button Down. It is set to be another nightclub, maintaining the growing nightlife in the area. 

Niccoli’s I 270 South 300 East
I shared this one with you a few months ago, but have since learned more details that it only felt right to provide an update. Behind the Italian market featuring high-quality local and imported goods, Niccoli’s will include a fine-dining space featuring special chef tasting menus. They are planning 3 private suites that will be utilized for special events and available for private functions. There also some unique amenities in the works, like a water sommelier as is trending in many major cities. Niccoli’s is expected to open next month.

Regent Street Restaurant | 126 Regent Street
The team behind Silver Star Café in Park City is coming down the canyon to develop a new restaurant concept in SLC. The space was formerly occupied by Fireside has sat vacant for a while now, but is sure to see new life with this activation anticipated to open by early summer.

Roctaco | 248 South Edison Street
This storefront on Edison has been a work in progress for quite some time. Its Instagram feed features some gourmet-looking taco concoctions. If nothing else, we can appreciate the enormous octopus mural made by local artist Chris Peterson on the exterior! Did I mention there’s a walk-up window?

TruFusion | At The Gateway
The Gateway will soon be home to a 13,000 square foot gym. This will be the first location for TruFusion, a national boutique gym chain with an innovative focus on group fitness and yoga. Situated on the corner of 100 South and Rio Grande, the gym will prove to be a valuable amenity on the west side of downtown as workers start to return to their offices and residential density continues to increase. Keep an eye on The Gateway as we hear there are some other new concepts in the works!

Uniquely Utah Souvenir Co. | 122 South Main Street
Tourism may not be at its peak right now, but Uniquely Utah will be ready for visitors as early as next month. They are working with local artists and businesses to curate a selection of unique merchandise for anyone to bring home memories of Salt Lake City. The store is perfectly situated on Main Street just south of City Creek Center.

Why Kiki | 67 West 100 South
Drive down 100 South and you’ll notice a new pink facade just in front of the Salt Palace. Downtown Salt Lake City will soon be home to a tiki bar called Why Kiki. Their Facebook page features a recently-posted video touring the space, which looks ready to open very soon. It also previewed some tiki glasses, so get excited for some tropical drinks!

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