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Final Winter Farmer’s Market is this Saturday

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For fans of the chilly-edition of Salt Lake’s downtown Farmer’s Market, take note, this weekend is last call. April 15th will be the final Winter Farmers Market of the 2022-2023 season. Don’t miss this final opportunity to stock up on items such as cheese, meat, eggs, baked goods, and crafts – while supporting local farmers and producers.

Here’s a story I wrote in January where I snagged some of the best lamb I’ve ever tasted, not least a slew of other local goodies such as Aziza, Gerome’s Market and Crumb Brothers. After this weekend, the market will take a temporary hiatus, before the extravagant Summer run starts in June at Pioneer Park. You can catch the final Winter Market this Saturday, April 15th 10.00 a.m. through 2.00 p.m at The Gateway’s North end.

Junior’s becomes Bobby Junior’s

“I’ve been asking Greg Arata for over 20 years to buy Juniors tavern. That finally happened today. I’ll take it slow, over a years time to work on some updates while keeping the Juniors feel and character alive.” So goes the Facebook post by Bob McCarthy, new owner of downtown bar Junior’s. With the purchase the name will be changing to Bobby Junior’s.

McCarthy, a stalwart of the local food and drink scene, also owns the excellent Stoneground Italian Kitchen as well as Marmalade’s Garage On Beck. Suffices to say, the downtown institution looks in capably safe hands. Indeed, for his part McCarthy isn’t planning anything revolutionary, check out this interview and story with Building Salt Lake where the new custodian talks about his acquisition and plans.

Rio Connelly at Scion Cider
Rio Connelly at Scion Cider

Scion Cider special drops

While a little more time remains until the next house cider rolls out of the fermenters, Scion Cider have a few micro-specials appearing over the coming few weeks. Tonight (April 12th) sees the the second of Rio Connelly’s special lineup with Scion confirming:

“These VERY limited batches will only be available at Scion Cider Bar, so when they are gone, they’re gone! These drafts will drop on April 12 & April 26 – stay tuned on social media for flavors of the week! On Wednesday April 19th, we’re doing a special tap takeover event with our friends from Mountain West Cider, with all of THEIR small batch ciders we’ve been stockpiling all winter long.”

Tonight’s creation will be lemon ginger – with the bar expecting to sell out by weeks end. From there, you can expect oak and cranberry on the 26th. A secret extra flavor is being held in reserve for an upcoming special collab.

Also on the calendar at Scion – upcoming educational classes on Colorado ciders (April 20th) and botanical ciders (April 27th) – classes are always free and held by Connelly at 6.00 p.m.

Stratford Proper exterior
Stratford Proper

Restaurant closures

Stratford Proper – The East side spot of the Proper Brewing group is now closed (the businesses website noting that the restaurant is no more). The company haven’t released any information on what might be next for the spot, but I’ll keep you posted should I hear more.

One Dude’s Pizza Shop – This one courtesy of Val Phillips and her Chew And Chat blog. Val covers the closure of this Ogden Pizzeria.

Jakes’ Over The Top – Another Ogden closure. Here’s the full story from FOX13, reporting on the closure of this popular burger spot, with more than thirty years under their belts.

Cafe Yugo – Via Sean Means at the Tribune – Cafe Yugo, a ramen restaurant at 11511 S. 4000 West in South Jordan, has shut down. “Due to various circumstances, we have had no choice but to leave what we had built together over the last 7 years behind,” the owners wrote in a recent statement on the restaurant’s website. Be sure to signup to the Trib’s weekly Utah Eats newsletter here for weekly Utah food updates from their team.

Icy Mountain Shaved Ice – Via Sean Means at the Tribune – which operated a food truck and a brick-and-mortar store at 2272 E. 3300 South in Millcreek, closed both the truck and the store at the end of February.

Manoli’s latest update

For those tracking the re-opening of arguably Utah’s best Greek spot – get ready. After a multi month closure due to flood damage, the restaurant’s remodel is coming close to finishing up. The business recently wrote, “Construction is moving along!  Our restaurant and reservation system will be closed for the month of March and we will be re-opening again in early April. Stay tuned for an announcement on when we’ll be opening our doors.  Thank you for your understanding and continued support.”

Invest in 2 Row Brewing expansion

2 Row Brewing in Salt Lake City are turning to the crowdfunding model to expand their operations. Here are the full details via press release:

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2 Row Brewing has announced the launch of its equity crowdfunding campaign in partnership with WeFunder, the nation’s leading investment crowdfunding platform. 2 Row Brewing, one of the highest rated breweries in Utah, has been experiencing substantial growth and demand since opening in 2015 and is in need of a larger facility and tap room.

“Our WeFunder campaign will give Utah beer lovers the unique opportunity to own a piece of 2 Row Brewing by investing as little as $100,” says Brian Coleman, founder and CEO. “The funds raised will help us open a much needed tap room and expand our production. We then plan to increase distribution to fill more local demand and eventually expand into more geographical markets.” The link to the fundraising page is:

Since joining the Utah beer scene in 2015, 2 Row has become known for producing some of the best beer in the state and was the first brewery in Utah to produce a New England Hazy IPA called Tastes Like Citrus IPA. The next hazy produced by 2 Row, Feelin’ Hazy Double IPA has become a popular choice for enthusiasts of the style with its bright tie-dye label and juicy flavors. It can be found in many bars and restaurants across the state and in most Utah liquor stores, but IPAs aren’t their only claim to fame. 2 Row Brewing makes quality beer in many different styles including stouts, sours, golden ales and farmhouse ales, just to name a few.

“We’ve tended to focus on higher alcohol beer, but plan to brew a large selection of draft beers for the tap room.” says Brian. “We’re also in the process of transitioning from 12 ounce bottles to 16 ounce cans for our higher alcohol beer, so a lot of exciting things are happening right now.”

The new location for 2 Row Brewing is located in the area of 7200 South and State Street in Midvale, a high traffic and high visibility location, and also just around the corner from their current location.

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