DABC news, closures, dining specials and Fall product launches November 1, 2019 by Stuart Melling All Star Bowling / Pins N Ales – now licensedThe headline news out of the October DABC meeting was the increasing pressure on the state’s current inventory of bar licenses. Before the meeting only one license was available for the entire state; though a second did become available during the course of proceedings with Button Down Bar forced to forfeit their license due to ongoing confusion and lack of clarity over ownership.Seven applicants competed (see below) for the scant supply with the winners crowned as Bout Time’s new location in Lehi and Pins N Ales headed to West Valley City and the Valley Fair Mall.The outlook moving ahead doesn’t look much better either, with only three more licenses projected to become available by July 2020! At that point population assessments may increase the tally. Expect this one to generate increasing amount of column inches and angst, as even commissioners expressed their frustration to be in this situation – again.DABC NewsFull service licenses (beer, wine liquor)Laziz Kitchen – hummusBona Vita Italian Bistro, Lehi Epic Casual Dining, Midvale Roughlock Resort, Monticello Steiny’s Family Sports Grill, Ogden Calvario’s Family Restaurant, ParowanGourmandise The Bakery, Salt Lake CityMint Tapas & Sushi, SandyAthena Beans Coffee House & Bistro, Sandy Hokkaido Sushi Bar, South Jordan O Crab, West Jordan Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade, Draper, conditionalNacho Daddy, Salt Lake City, conditionalMr Shabu, Salt Lake City, conditionalPepito Moe’s, Salt Lake City, conditionalLaziz Kitchen, Salt Lake City, conditionalCarson Kitchen, Salt Lake City, conditionalHallpass, Salt Lake City, conditionalNohm, Salt Lake City, conditionalTsunami Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Salt Lake City, conditionalLa Trattoria Di Francesco, Salt Lake City, conditionalLa Puente Restaurant #7, Sandy, conditionalLimited service license (beer and wine)Tsunami – spicy masa rollLee’s Mongolian BBQ, Ogden Kickin Seafood, LaytonPork Bellys Eatery & Catering, St GeorgeDon Pedrito Gourmet, TaylorsvilleCafe Trang, Draper Stella’s American & Italian Bistro, OgdenMomo’s Japanese Sushi & Ramen, Logan, conditional Fat Jack’s Burger Emporium & Taphouse, Ogden, conditionalOishi Sushi, Orem, conditionalBar licensesAs mentioned above, a total of seven applicants appeared before the commission in October – this is the full list:Bout Time Pub & Grub, Lehi Grid City Beer Works, Salt Lake City Jackson’s Base Camp, Park City Pins & Ales Restaurant & Brew Pub, West Valley Redemption, Herriman Trolley Wing Company, Salt Lake City Calavera Cantina, Salt Lake City Calavera Cantina was the only new applicant on the docket – planning to offer an agave driven spirits bar in the heart of downtown SLC. The upscale bar will open adjacent to the Salt Lake City convention center.OthersTrolley Wing Company’s planned return to their trolley car origins was somewhat hampered by the failure to secure a bar license at the meeting. Instead, and despite reasoned protest, owner Jess Wilkerson was forced to go home with a Beer Tavern license as consolation. For now the TWC car will come back pouring only beer; though Wilkerson noted the space was not designed with this in mind, and the licensing change will be problematic in the cramped space.Lastly Rob Sergent of Alpine Distilling joined the DABC Advisory Board as part of the October session.Dine O RoundCampos Coffee – dine o round special (Campos)A final quick reminder that there are two more days left to enjoy the yearly Dine O’Round event – the yearly downtown SLC bash that offers up a ton of savings and ends on November 3rd. The Downtown Alliance recently updated the sample menus for 2019, so you can get more of an idea of whats available online here.Cards on the table time – this site costs a not insignificant amount of money and time to operate. A number of the businesses that support this site with cold hard cash are taking part and if you’re looking to check them out this would be the perfect time. Spend your dollars here folks:CamposBourbon HouseCaffe MolisePunch Bowl SocialWhiskey StreetWhite HorseRestaurant closuresCafe Anh Hong – bean curd with salted fish and fried riceCafe Anh HongWith little fanfare or fuss, the dim sum institution that was Cafe Anh Hong quietly shuttered last weekend. The closure puts an end to the restaurants twenty five year stint of glorious cooking. Frankly this is a huge blow to the local dining scene, at least in my book and the news was massively under reported (was it even at all?) The restaurant easily served up some of the very best Cantonese and dim sum cooking in the state; probably surrounding states too. The restaurant hopes to stage a comeback if a suitable new location can be found. Here’s hoping. Here’s praying in fact.KiraaakI have to confess I didn’t spot the closure of this downtown-edge Indian eatery; not until I saw the new Gura’s Spice House (out of Herriman) open up in the same spot. This location has been bedeviled for some time, Copper Bowl vacating the spot ages ago to make way for Kiraaak.Last CourseOut of nowhere this multi-unit dessert shop shuttered overnight during October. The chain included a location on Regent Street in downtown SLC which also recently saw the closure of Fireside on Regent; also covered in last month’s It’s A Wrap.Hot BunsNot a closure per se, as this concept never actually opened in earnest. News came to me this week though that Ryan Lowder’s walk up bao concept has now been scrapped. Meanwhile, Salt Laker’s will continue to hope that someone remakes at least some version of Plum Alley and their spectacular cuisine sooner and later.Ritual Chocolate new releases Ritual Chocolate – new Fall 2019 creationsHot off the presses, or should that be, err, actually I have no idea how they make chocolate…hot off whatever they use – new seasonal specialties from SLC’s Ritual. Here’s the full info. Side note, that mulled wine is spicily-spectacular:Ritual Chocolate is releasing four new chocolate bars, just in time for the fall season. Inspired by Utah’s impressive landscapes and flavors unique to the state, Ritual Chocolate’s new flavor profiles are a nod to the place they call home.The four new flavors include Honeycomb Toffee, Juniper and Lavender Chocolate, Pine Nut Chocolate and S’mores. Each bar has its own unique feel and inspiration, highlighting the Utah landscape and it’s rich ingredients. “We wanted to create a line of bars that was unique to our location,” said Anna Davies, co-owner of Ritual Chocolate. “We have been working on these flavors for some time so we are excited to have these out in the world for people to enjoy.” Honeycomb Toffee takes Belize cacao and blends it with house-made honeycomb, using local Hollow Tree Honey which sources from hives across the Wasatch Mountain range. The Juniper and Lavender bar is inspired by the high mountain meadows, sourcing the lavender from local Lavender Hill farms. The Pine Nut bar combines Ritual’s dark chocolate with ground pine nuts inspired by the Pinyon pine woodlands in the Great Basin. Lastly, the S’mores bar, made with caramelized sugar, topped with graham cracker and reminiscent of a night spent camping in the mountains, is Ritual’s solution to a s’more without having to tow around the ingredients. Within the past year Ritual Chocolate has also released a new series of drinking chocolate along with a hugely popular subscription box program. Savor The Summit to skip 2020Savor The Summit 2018 with cuisine unlimitedOne of the dining calendars prominent anchors has decided to take a fallow year in 2020. No word on why, but onlookers might have noted a schism of sorts opening up in 2019; with a few Main Street restaurant’s ditching the event in favor of their own fun. Here’s the formal release: Historically a fixture down the center of Park City’s Main Street each June, Utah’s largest outdoor dinner party will take a summer vacation in 2020. The Park City Area Restaurant Association’s (PCARA) annual Savor the Summit, which has seen tremendous growth and admiration over the last 13 years, plans to reveal a new take on Park City’s beloved summer dining event. Guests and participating restaurants anticipating the newly enhanced dining experience can mark their calendars for the next Savor the Summit on June 26, 2021.“Given the world-renowned reputation of Park City’s dining scene, our culinary teams are always leading, innovating and creating the most unforgettable dishes and dining experiences in the industry,” said PCARA executive director Ginger Wicks. “Our goal is to take 2020 to evaluate the immense success Savor the Summit has brought to our restaurant community and unveil an even more memorable experience for our guests when we return in 2021.” PCARA will seek input from past guests of Savor the Summit, as well as representatives from the City and restaurants throughout the community to acknowledge the annual event’s strengths and explore new opportunities to strengthen, expand and build a refreshed, invigorated dining spectacle. “The collaborative efforts of our restaurants and the ongoing enthusiasm from return guests are what have made Savor the Summit so successful,” said Wicks. “We are excited to take the time to fully engage our dining partners and patrons in this process to bring their fresh perspective and new ideas to life in many more Savor the Summit events to come.”Chili Beak returnsThis one coming by way of Facebook. After apparently reaching the end of the line, the popular chili oil condiment is making a return to life under new ownership. Here’s the full story posted:The Spicy Roasted Chili Oil that you love returns under new ownership and same original recipe. Chili Beak has partnered with A Priori Specialty Importing and Distributing as the exclusive retail distributor for Utah, and will have product back in stock at all Harmon’s, Caputo’s and specialty retailers in November.We’d like to extend our gratitude and congratulations to Jason and Giselle McClure, who began Chili Beak in 2014, at the Downtown Farmer’s Market. After 5 years of devoting their time and energy to grow the business, they recently announced that Chili Beak was closing its doors. By the next day, all Harmon’s and Caputo’s locations were sold out. A Salt Lake City foodie and entrepreneur loved the product so much and shared their passion for spicy foods, that together they worked to keep the beak alive. Keep an eye out for Chili Beak at the Winter Downtown Farmer’s Market, Caputo’s, Harmons, and follow us on Facebook for events, recipes and special offers.Wasatch Brewery branding refreshWasatch Brewery refreshes brandOver at Wasatch Brewery, bright and bold new packaging has launched to mark the recent 5% ABV beer laws. Here’s the full presser: Park City’s Wasatch Brewery announces an exciting design refresh, including updates to cans and secondary packaging. The revamped aesthetics align with an upcoming change in Utah legislation allowing stronger beer – from 4% ABV to 5% ABV – to be sold at convenience and grocery stores. The change goes into effect November 1, at which point Wasatch’s new packaging will start to appear on shelves throughout their 20-state distribution footprint.“Wasatch has been evolving since we laid the groundwork for craft beer here in Utah over 30 years ago,” said Wasatch Marketing Manager Maxwell Christen. Since its inception, the brewery has remained at the forefront of the craft beer industry with provocative branding, innovative brews and a dedication to the Park City community. The new redesign of the Wasatch brand represents a step in the continuing evolution of Utah’s most enduring brewery.Wasatch’s new design will move away from detailed painterly images and toward clean, bright, font-driven graphics and prominent logo placement. Wasatch’s Creative Director, Scott Doutre, said, “Some elements will feel like familiar reinterpretations of long-standing design icons that have been connected to the Wasatch brand for years. The new packaging is bright and attractive so it will ‘have legs and walk off the shelves’ but still have a strong connection to the brand – irreverent and with attitude.”To go along with the new look, Wasatch will introduce two new beers – Pickup Lime Sour Ale and Island Hop Tropical IPA. Pickup Lime is a tart, refreshing seasonal release that’s low in bitterness and high in drinkability at 4.8% ABV. Joining the year-round roster is Island Hop Tropical IPA, a fruity, unfiltered, and easy-drinking brew at 5% ABV, boasting notes of pineapple and orange. Craft beer lovers can find Wasatch’s new packaging on shelves starting November 1, with some adjustments to ABV at grocery and convenience stores according to Utah’s new legislation. Pickup Lime Sour Ale and Island Hop Tropical IPA will also debut at that time. Other itemsAll the new 5% ABV from local brewers rolling outUtah brewers take home 6 Great American Beer Fest medalsThe history of Dine O RoundCurrent dining dealsThe following coupons are some of the most interesting / best coupons right now. Disclosure: some links may be affiliate links, eg Groupon, Restaurant.com, and we earn a small commission from each sale.Este Pizza – 40% off the popular Salt Lake pizza restaurant.Itto Sushi downtown SLC – 38% off via Groupon. Fun sushi spot.Kaze Sushi – 30% off this brand new Japanese restaurant in downtown SLC.Maize Tacos – 30% off this downtown SLC taco restaurant on to go orders.Serious food talkWant to discuss this post or the SLC food scene in general? Check out our Facebook group and come talk with other likeminded SLC foodies. While you’re at it follow along with our Instagram page and make sure you’re on our newsletter list to never miss a story!Stuart MellingHi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake. I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade. I’m largely fueled by a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand. What they’re saying about me: “Not inaccurate” “I thought he was older” “I don’t share his feelings” Signup to our free newsletter and never miss a single update. We will send you an email just once per week with every story from the last seven days. You can signup for free here. This article may contain content provided by one of our paid partners. These are some of the best businesses in Utah. 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