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Openings aplenty!

I can’t keep up with the constant stream of info on new openings lately. Virtually every other day I seem to hear about something new, exciting times indeed! Here’s the latest on what is new around SLC:

Brought to my attention by a regular contributor on our SLC food discussion forum is Terrapin Station. This new BBQ venture opens in the former Zinn Bistro space. See dogbite’s detailed review of Terrapin Station here.

Terrapin Station Smoking Co
2020 East 3300 South Salt Lake City, Utah 84109
(801) 466-9246

Ryan over at reports on the closing of Five Star restaurant downtown:

Demolition has begun at the Five Star restaurant on 268 South State. The new restaurant will be named Zy (pronounced zee) and will serve upscale American and should open later this summer. No word yet on where Five Star will be moving. The owner said they’re looking for places in West Valley.

268 South State St #110, Salt Lake City

Ted Scheffler has some great looking pictures of Vuz (pronounced views) out in Draper. This one seems like it might be a real treat, and something unique for the area to boot. Check out the pictures here. This feast for the eyes will also have an on site winery too.

Vuz Restaurant & Wine Bar
12234 S Draper Gate Dr. Draper, UT 84020
(801) 617-8600


Back over in Sugarhouse, Edo West African restaurant is now open. I’ve only heard the odd whisper of menu items (traditional African from family recipes) and their website doesn’t shed too much light either. That said, SLC isn’t exactly awash with African cuisine, so this family-run restaurant could offer up some exciting new adventures.

Edo West African
815 E 2100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84106
(866) 264-3979


If you are still hungry and in the neighborhood, you can head (practically) next door to the Black Widow Cafe – a European styled cafe. The Black Widow serves up a pleasingly concise and simple menu of fresh fare such as salads, sandwiches and a few entrees. The general buzz from sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon seems to be positive so far.

Black Widow
837 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 466-1929


Moving on to downtown, the space formerly inhabited by the now defunct ACME Burger Co has been filled by Hapa Taqueria. The current grand opening is planned for June 26th, but it looks like they are already serving up some great looking food (review by Mary Brown Malouf here). Operated by Park City’s Hapa Grill, the restaurant looks set to open late into the night, to help sate your taco and burrito fix when it hits.

Hapa Taqueria
275 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 355-9890

Website: facebook page

You might recall the Great Food Truck Race stopped by SLC recently. SLC is seemingly experiencing a boom in
food trucks, in its wake. Just a few that have recently popped on to my radar…

Cafe Con Leche (@CubanCafeMobile) who serve up a variety of Cuban delicacies on the go including Lechon (slow roasted pork), Ropa Vieja (shredded beef) and Colada (Cuban espresso).

Cruzin Sushi (@CruzinSushi) have taken SLC’s love affair with all things sushi and made the next logical leap – delivering the stuff on the move. As yet though there seems to be very little detail on their core menu.

The Curryer ( wins my award for most cunning business name of the year. They offer multiple curries, rice and naan. Their website even claims they manage to run a mobile Tandoor!

Finally, Kathy Stephenson reports that Chef Ryan Lowder of the Copper Onion is eager to open a Wine Bar, just a few doors from his already excellent restaurant. Can’t wait to see what happens with this one.

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2 thoughts on “Openings aplenty!”

  1. Wow…sounds great! I’d especially love to try Edo West African. Just cooked an African stew for dinner tonight and I’d love to try more African food. Wish we’d have more openings & diversity down here in Utah County, but we have had some great restaurants open up in the past few years.

  2. Check out these places:
    – Enrique’s House, 1051 S. 3rd W. – excellent Mexican

    – Cafe Old Bridge, 249 E. 33rd S. – really good Bosnian cafe

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