DABC licensesThe following is the round up from October’s DABC meeting – one of my favorite moments of the month. The outcome of these meetings always sheds some light on new restaurants, bars and breweries – not to mention changes at established businesses. Receiving new liquor licenses then… Full service licenses (beer, wine liquor) Sicilia Mia 2, Cottonwood Heights Hoof & Vine, Midvale Wasatch Bagel & Grill, Park City Springhill Suites by Marriott, Salt Lake City One O Eight Kitchen, Salt Lake City Blue Marlin, Sandy El Rocoto Restaurant, West Valley City Rosita’s Santa Fe Kitchen, Springdale Tarahumara Restaurant & Tequileria, Midway, conditional UTOG Brewing Company, Ogden, conditional Tekila Mexican Grill & Cantina, Park City, conditional Hyatt House Provo/Pleasant Grove, Pleasant Grove, conditional The Daily, Salt Lake City, conditional Emigration Brewery, Salt Lake City, conditional Per Noi, Sandy, conditional Summit Vista, Taylorsville, conditional Limited service license (beer and wine) Javier’s Authentic Mexican Food, Ogden Davanza’s, Park City 11 Hauz Authentic Jamaican Food, Park City Tangerine Eatery, Price Thai Garden Bistro, Salt Lake City Campos Coffee, Salt Lake City Sushi House All you Can Eat Sushi, West Valley City Bawarchi, South Jordan, conditional Magleby’s, St George, conditional E Jo Korean BBQ, Salt Lake City , conditional Cody’s Gastro Garage, Garden City, conditional Bar licenses Two bar licenses were up for grabs during October’s meeting; with no additional licenses expected until December. With multiple applicants and limited licenses, commissioners decided to play it safe and grant only one new bar license for October. The lucky recipient was Saltfire Brewing Co. in Salt Lake City; the only business indicating the were ready to open right now. Other applicants included: Riverbank Bar aiming for a December 15th opening; Level Crossing Brewing Company, aiming for a December 15th-January 1st opening; Roosters B Street Brewing in Ogden gunning for a late November opening; Epic Brewing Company in Sugar House – now looking to reopen under a bar concept and projecting for December 1st – 30th. No new licenses are predicted to be available in November, with only one more being allocated due to population increases in December. That means unless businesses closures or transfers frees up the pool, we’re going to have some stiff competition over the next few months for bar licensing. Other Beer lovers will be happy with three new Utah breweries hitting the scene. UTOG Brewing Company (Ogden), Level Crossing Brewing Company (SLC) and Roosters B Street Brewing (Ogden) were all granted shiny brand new manufacturing licenses. Moreover each was also granted a Type 5 Package Agency license allowing them to sell direct to the public from their premises (hello Sundays as well!)
T.F Brewing officially opensThe much anticipated T.F. Brewing, a new brewery from Kevin Templin, opened its doors on Friday, October 26th. Templin, the former head brewer at Red Rock Brewing Co., has always dreamed of opening a classic German-style beer bar; the new 8500 sq. ft facility seeks to realize that. The T.F brewery building houses a 15-barrel brew house, taproom and packaged beer to go area; there’s a large outdoor patio and a separate space for private events. Beers on tap include Zitrone Wheat Ale, Kellerbier, Leichte Weisse, American Avenue Pale Ale and “My Son” Porter (an oat style porter with reference to Templin’s son of the same name). Ferda, an Imperial IPA, will be available in cans, as well as a limited selection of whiskey and wine on offer, and 16-oz own label cans in the works. To compliment the brew, a rotation of popular food trucks will be hosted daily. The business additionally writes: The space itself has an earthy, welcoming vibe. Templin’s wife, Britt, has an extensive home design background and it shows in the brewery’s stylish oak tables, velvet couches and inky black bar. The open floor plan leans heavily on Templin’s German roots, with an updated take on “stammtisch” tables that you would find in most German bars, typically reserved for family, staff and regulars. Here you can gather with old and new friends, watch the brewers at work while you sit at the bar, lounge on the couches in the back or head outside to the cozy fire pits. The space also features the Barrel House, a light, airy room that will be available for private events. T. F. Brewing is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with food trucks on site from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 936 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (385) 270-5972 tfbrewing.com
Restaurant ClosuresCafe Trio Park City More on this one in the Park Record here – suffices to say the Park City outpost of this pooler New American bistro has now closed. Citing employment issues as the main cause, the SLC and Cottonwood locations seem unaffected by the move at this time. Cafe 300 Citing local construction work, this provo Cafe reported their closure on Facebook: To all of our friends, family, and many acquaintances we have made over the last 6 yrs. It is with a sad heart that Cafe 300 GT & the former Cafe 300 is closing their doors. The state and UVX has come through and made it hard for our customers to turn into our business and has made it easier for them to go elsewhere. New Yorker Closes Also headlining many a website, the storied closure of downtown SLC’s New Yorker restaurant. The downtown landmark restaurant shuttered after a four decade run; rRegardless of your opinion on the reasons, it’s undoubtedly a Salt Lake icon, that many will now miss.
Saffron ValleyOne of the most popular Hindu festival is almost here. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated every Autumn and kicks off on November 7th. Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”. Saffron Valley is celebrating this event from November 6th-11th and hope you’ll join them. If you do, a special diwali lunch buffet is being served at the the Saffron Canteen location in South Jordan and Saffron Colonial in the Avenues. Saffron Bistro in Sugar House will also celebrate by offering an extra special Thali. Colonial | 26 E St E, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 Bistro | 79 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84115 Canteen | 1098 S Jordan Pkwy, South Jordan, UT 84095 saffronvalley.com
Spice KitchenSpice Kitchen Incubator recently announced their transition to a larger commercial kitchen space, which will include a small café space offering hot meals throughout the week as well as a store front for packaged goods and prepared meals. With support from the community, the business is looking forward to increasing capacity to serve low to moderate income entrepreneurs, as well as increase the availability for the community to dine on site. During their move (from October 25th through April 22nd) you can find them temporarily with their partners at Square Kitchen (located at 751 West 800 South). Square Kitchen has graciously opened their doors to the Spice Kitchen entrepreneurs while the new permanent space is being built through Spring 2019. If you’re new to Spice Kitchen, you should check out their Spice To Go offering which seeks to connect local immigrant entrepreneurs with local foodies. Every Thursday Spice Kitchen offers a set-cost boxed-meal service cooked fresh by a featured entrepreneur. Emails go out on Sunday nights with that week’s menu, with orders needing placement by midday the following Tuesday. Orders are then available for pick-up in person on Thursdays between 4-6.30 p.m. Prices run $9-$10 per person and vegertain options are always available. Here are a couple of recent example menus to get your tastebuds (and wallets) going: Kafe Mamai Meat entree: grilled pili pili marinated chicken kebabs served over raisin couscous pilaf with sautéed garlic julienne vegetables topped with red onion-pomegranate reduction. Vegan entree (gluten free): beet root mofongo- a kafe mamai original twist of plantains, cassava, and beet root mofongo served with sautéed garlic julienne vegetables and kiwiwi (green mango coconut sauce). Each entree comes with curry black bean and sweet potato soup (vegan). Sikkim Momo Meat entree: grilled pili pili marinated chicken kebabs served over raisin couscous pilaf with sautéed garlic julienne vegetables topped with red onion-pomegranate reduction. Vegan entree (gluten free): beet root mofongo- a kafe mamai original twist of plantains, cassava, and beet root mofongo served with sautéed garlic julienne vegetables and kiwiwi (green mango coconut sauce). Each entree comes with curry black bean and sweet potato soup (vegan). Falafel al Jailawi Meat entree (gluten free): guss (Iraqi-style chicken shawarma) served with warm saffron and tomato rice. Vegan entree (gluten free): mixed vegetable stew (carrots, corn, peas, and onion) in a spiced tomato sauce served over saffron and tomato rice. Each entree is accompanied with fluffy arabic bread and a fresh green salad. See the Spice Kitchen site at spicekitchenincubator.org/spice-to-go/ for more info on Spice To Go.
Pins And AlesConstruction of a new All Star Bowling & Entertainment location has begun on the east side of Valley Fair Mall – the grand opening is currently slated for late next summer. Modeled after the Draper location, the facility will feature 32 state-of-the-art family-friendly bowling lanes, laser tag, bumper cars and escapology escape rooms – and most importantly, there’s also a foodie component with Pins & Ales. The restaurant is currently marketed as “a high-energy nightclub and sports bar open to adults 21+, a truly unique mix of VIP upscale bowling lanes, DJs, large screens, dance music, delicious dining and nightclub scene entertainment with hand-crafted cocktails and selections from their very own Bonneville Brewery. Revelers can celebrate at the large island bar in the vibrant lounge or around a firepit on the patio.” Expect the menu at Pins And Ales to skew American pub grub: sandwiches, burgers, salads etc, with plenty of party friendly favorites like taco platters, beer-battered fish and chips etc. All Star will boast a full bar with cocktails and full line of brews from their own Bonneville Brewery brand in Tooele, Utah, whose non-alcoholic options include Captain Benjamin’s Root Beer and Lady Elizabeth’s Cream Soda. Watch this space.
Menu WatchYou might have spotted we didn’t post a full menu watch feature this month as updates were a little thin on the ground compared to usual. Here’s a small roundup of a few menu updates and specials around town right now though. Table X New items on a recently released Winter menu include: * Alaskan poached halibut, honey crisp apples, steamed onions, butternut squash nage and hazelnut * 100% grass-fed Jones Creek beef bavette steak, shiitake and trumpet mushroom, chourice roasted cabbage * A dessert offering go pumpkin compote, featuring toasted meringue, maple ice cream, house made graham cracker. Riverhorse On Main – A new Winter menu includes items such as: * Ahi tartare * Apple cranberry & butternut squash salad * Seared scallop & shrimp tom kha * Stuffed acorn squash * Durham Ranch buffalo short rib Tupelo – Also on Park City’s Main Street, enjoy 7 bites for $7. The new Tupelo $7 menu is available Wednesday through Saturday (5.30 – 7.30 p.m.) with both small plates and drinks on offer. Full menu here. Rib And Chop House – “Shrimp, shrimp, shrimp!” is the chant for this downtown restaurant’s new promo – Shrimptastic Wednesdays. Guests can enjoy a choice of 20 shrimp cooked fried, BBQ, or grilled for $17.95. The chop house is located close to the Vivint arena should you be headed that way for a show or Jazz game. Afghan Kitchen – Get $5 off your next visit with this coupon. Karuwaa – Per Facebook, this new Nepali and Indian restaurant are offering some special deals for gift card purchases.
Utah Cheese AwardsThe Utah Cheese Awards concluded its second year Saturday presenting medals at a reception held at Shades Brewing in South Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City-based writer and podcaster, Bill Frost, announced the winners, while show volunteers presented the medals. The winning companies were Aggie Artisan Cheese, Logan; Butcher’s Bunches, Logan; Bread Riot Bake House, Salt Lake City; Caputo’s, Salt Lake City, Utah; Finney Farm, Hildale; Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, Midway; Hollow Farms, Stockton, Utah, and Z’s Hot Sauce of West Valley City, Utah Best of Shows went to Caputo’s market of Salt Lake City, a 2017 winner who returned to win again with “Barely Legal”, a goat-milk cheese made in Torrey, Utah by Mesa Farms. It is hand-rubbed with goat butter and aged in Caputo’s cheese caves in Salt Lake City. Bread Riot Bakehouse, a new Salt Lake City bakery also scored its second Best of Show in the non-cheese, “Rest of the Plate” division with its “Sesame Semolina Loaf”. The bread is a naturally leavened, made of durum wheat and coated in sesame seeds.
OtherLocal writers test the new 0.05 DUI laws: https://fox13now.com/2018/11/01/we-put-utahs-strict-new-05-dui-law-to-the-test/ Michael Feldman talks Matzo: http://devourutah.com/index.php/2018/09/24/matzo-medicine/ Planned changes at DABC stores might not happen: https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/food/2018/10/24/utah-liquor-stores-may Skinny Fats at The Gateway in SLC: https://www.qsrmagazine.com/emerging-concepts/skinnyfats-takes-sin-city-storm Cuisine Unlimited sues the state over Eccles Theatre contract: https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/09/27/utah-caterer-hired/ Hells Backbone featured in really great New Yorker piece: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/01/why-two-chefs-in-small-town-utah-decided-to-sue-president-trump
Restaurant deals and couponsIf you’re looking for more deals and discounts, here are a few of the more popular/best offers on local discount sites right now: Citris Grill – 50% off Del Mar Al Lago – 41% off Itto Sushi Midvale – 38% off Itto Sushi downtown SLC – 38% off Per Noi Trattoria – $10 for a $25 coupon
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