Downtown News and Blog

Word on the Street - Spring 2018

April 10, 2018 Written by

Published in Downtown News and Blog

Opening Soon

Dave and Busters | The Gateway | The Gateway has announced the opening of entertainment and dining chain Dave and Buster’s, which will open its first Utah location Spring 2018.

Este Deli | 238 S Main  | Eleven years ago Dave Heiblim brought New York Style Pizza to Salt Lake. Since it’s inception, Este Pizza has opened three locations (Sugarhouse, Downtown & Park City) and has won the Salt Lake City Weekly’s readers poll for “Best Pizza” numerous times. Locals and East Coast transplants alike can testify to the authenticity of Este’s offerings. Now Este is bringing “Deli” to Utah and offering an array of classic sandwiches from the East Coast and beyond. Classics hoagies include the Italian, Cheesesteak, Buffalo Chicken and Chicken, Eggplant and Meatball Parmesan.

LaBarba Coffee |  The Gateway | They make one of the best cups of coffee in Utah—and maybe the West. And now, they are moving their downtown location to The Gateway. LaBarba Coffee has announced plans to open its newest location in the heart of downtown’s up-and-coming sports and entertainment district, set to open Spring 2018.

Lo Fi Cafe | 445 South 400 West |

London Belle | From those that brought you downtown hits like Pleiku and the short-lived SoCo, London Belle is anticipated to open in the spring. Named after one of Utah’s most high profile madames, it is located near the historic Boston and Newhouse Buildings. Taking the place of SoCo, this upscale bar will feature a diverse menu with unique offerings and craft cocktails. #redlightslc

MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza | The Gateway | MidiCi has made a name for itself by offering authentic Neapolitan thin crust pizza, baked in handmade wood-fired ovens imported from Italy—right in the center of its restaurants—so that patrons can see exactly what goes into everything they make.

Sicilia Mia | According to Salt Lake Magazine, “This is the Italian restaurant, apparently, Salt Lake has been waiting for!” The location off of Highland Drive will be closing, in order to bring the authentic taste of Italy to downtown.

Tacos De Plebe | 451 South State Street

Recently Opened

Cupla Coffee | 175 West 200 South Inside the Axis Business Building | Identical twins, Abigail Purdie and Bethany Heath are the dynamic duo behind Utah’s one and only Cupla Coffee House. We pride ourselves on sourcing our green bean from a lovely selection of quality coffee plantations from around the world. Our beans are organic, fair trade and shade grown. We rotate our coffee according to availability, seasonality, and supply. Along with being a high altitude roastery which allows Cupla to create deliciously unique flavors and quality notes to our roasts, we are also a small batch, tabletop roasting company. This technique allows the beans to be precisely roasted and gives our company the ability to offer fresh and high-quality product every batch, every day.

Doki Doki | 249 E 400 S | Rolled ice cream is starting to take off in a big way, and new eateries offering the tasty spirals of frozen goodness are finding ways to present them with something unexpected. At Doki Doki (249 E. 400 South, 385-229-4339, facebook.com/dokidessert), which celebrated its grand opening at the tail end of February, they're rolling up their ice cream inside sweet Japanese crêpes. To drink, Doki Doki serves different cream teas, along with boba tea for those who like their beverages to have a bit of texture. Beat the summer rush and get there now.

Quarters Arcade Bar | 5 East 400 South | Located in the basement of the historic New Grand Hotel, Quarters is downtown Salt Lake City’s first beer arcade. Quarters arcade will provide a casual, comfortable gaming and social environment paired with craft cocktails and beer as well as familiar and affordable liquor and brews.

Pretty Bird |  146 S Regent St   | Pretty Bird, Viet Pham’s latest venture, is focused around fried chicken. But not just any kind of fried chicken, he’s heating up downtown Salt Lake’s dining scene with hot chicken. “It’s hot fried chicken that originated in Nashville,” Pham says. “I tried it for the first time in 2012 and I’ve been working on this concept ever since then.” The chicken will come in four levels of heat: mild, medium, hot and “hot behind.” Along with fried chicken, a variety of seasonal sides will be offered. Located on Regent Street, Pretty Bird is a cozy spot in the Eccles Building, with 16 seats inside and a patio with space for an additional 25 when weather permits.

True Gentleman Custom Suits | 281 S Weechquootee Plaza |Buying fine clothing should be an experience that is unlike any other! True Gentleman is turning men's fashion in custom tailored clothing into a lifestyle, not just a brand. We are continuously pushing the men's fashion industry to new heights and are changing the way people perceive the clothing buying experience specifically, bespoke suits. Founded in late 2013 True Gentleman has grown to be a nationwide brand with customers ranging from top executives, billboard music awardees, and professional athletes.

Avant Groove Jazz Club and Martini Bar | 122 West Pierpont Avenue | From local entrepreneur and jazz musician John Vecci comes downtown’s dedicated jazz club. Combined with original cocktails and martinis, Avant Groove features an exceptional dining experience to compliment the music and ambiance.

Borosyndicate Glass Gallery | 60 Exchange Place | More than just your typical head shop, Borosyndiacte is elevating the art of glassblowing and bringing it downtown. In addition to the typical offerings, there is gallery space for artists to showcase hand-blown glass pieces and other sculptural works.

Recently Closed

Publik Coffee at City Creek Center