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What’s next on the Utah food and drink scene

Baby's Bagels - with wobbly egg and bison and huckleberry sausage

In our latest roundup of new openings, it’s all, well, it’s all bit quiet. There’s barely a handful of names who’ve opened the doors since the last recap in March. That said, the coming weeks look very much lie state state of our waterways – ready to pick up the pace. Scroll down to see what’s coming down the turnpike in the weeks and months ahead. Oh that bagel? Keep reading…

Burgertory

This new West Valley City burger stop leans heavily into the thematics, cooking up as it does, “gore-met” burgers. Sandwiches such as the excorswiss with cheese ($13.99) and Poultrygeist ($12.99) run with the horror-tactic theme giddily. Oh, it’s located on “Redblood road” too…

Biscuit & Hogs

I jumped the gun a little when I wrote this Ogden spot had opened, to confirm though it is indeed now open. Here’s the info – Biscuit & Hogs is “a sister company of The Original Sunrise Cafe. The Original Sunrise Cafe opened its doors in 1988 and has grown to be one of the most prominent restaurant brands in Idaho. You can expect B&H to supply the same great food, amazing customer service, and healthy portions as The Original Sunrise Cafe but with a twist.”

B&H are now open seven days a week, 7.00 a.m. through 10.00 p.m. with the new Ogden restaurant encouraging guests to “release your inner pig” through a new menu featuring hand rolled biscuits, sous vide pork belly and what they reckon are the biggest pancakes you’ll ever see. Now them’s fighting’ words.

Chappell Brewing

Previously mentioned in January, the former Apex Brewing has now opened under the reworked name of Chappell. Opening along Main Street in South Salt Lake, the brewwery is the work of Tim Chappell, owner and brewer.

In a previous interview with the SL Tribune Chappell confirmed the brewery would serve, “mostly beers that have gotten popular or gotten traction in the last 20 years or so, the 2000s. So IPAs, double IPAs, hazy IPAs, kettle sours, blonde stouts, that sort of thing. ”

The new brewery includes a modernly-styled tap room (pictured above) with food available from food trucks.

Land Of A Thousand Hills Coffee

News on this one hit my desk this very week, with Daybreak seeing the opening of the first LOATHC in Utah. Here’s the full info via press release

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Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee (LTH) opened its first Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee & Social in Utah, located in the new NOVEL Daybreak apartment community at 10678 Lake Run Road in South Jordan. Known for its specialty-grade coffee crafted with independent farmers in Rwanda;  Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee is dedicated to making delicious coffee that makes a difference. 

Looking out to the Wasatch Mountains, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee & Social at NOVEL Daybreak’s indoor and outdoor seating offers a comfortable spot to sip on an expertly prepared cappuccino, catch up with friends, get some work done, or unwind with a good book. A cozy coffee shop focused on community, the new location offers a varied beverage menu of specialty coffee drinks along with fresh pastries, paninis and smoothies. The homey cafe is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

“We believe that everything we choose to do, say, or purchase can do good in our world. One of the ways we’ve been led to do good is through coffee,” says Jonathan D. Golden, Founder and CEO of Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee. “Your daily choice of coffee can make a difference — everyone who visits Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee at NOVEL Daybreak plays an important part in providing fair, livable wages for our coffee farming partners and community development projects in Rwanda. We can’t wait to serve you!”

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Ruli, Rwanda, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee co-labors with farmers in Rwanda, pays fair wages and works closely with the farming communities through its Do Good Initiative projects that support locally organized development programs. The brand’s coffee is available for order online and at 14 cafes across the U.S.

Lemon Shark Poke

After first hoisting the sign back in October 2020, the lights are now on at this downtown poke shop. Part of a regional chain, the Utah location (in the city’s Judge Building) offers both build your own bowls and set signature bowls – prices start from $13.50. Also of interest, a range of bento boxes featuring pork ribs, chili salmon and kalua pork.

Interior seating (Marmalade Brunch House)
Interior seating (Marmalade Brunch House)

Marmalade Brunch House

Here’s one more to add to the growing list of brunch focused restaurants in the valley. Previous examples include the likes of Sandy’s Sunday Best (also doubling up in size at the new Post District soon), as well as the recent Plated Dreams over in Woods Cross. Marmalade (located in the similarly named neighborhood) takes a similar aesthetic path to Plated, bedecked with salmon pinks, chandeliered lighting and flowers galore. The main affair starts around $14 for blueberry and lemon curd pancakes, raising through to $32 for an aged flat iron steak with eggs.

Fried mozzarella burger (Stack 571)
Fried mozzarella burger (Stack 571)

Stack 571 Burger & Whiskey Bar

Last mentioned in our February roundup, this new spot at the ever expanding Mountain View Village in Riverton is now open. The chain also currently operate in WA and ID. A cursory Google also suggests that the same company that runs 571 also operates WildFin.

571’s menu is an extensive list, centered around a dozen patty piles, everything from a poutine burger ($17.95) through a PB&J ($16.95). Joining the burger party, sandwiches, shakes, salads and a full bar.

Grand opening in 9th and 9th (Xing Fu Tang)
Grand opening in 9th and 9th (Xing Fu Tang)

Xing Fu Tang

Today sees this Taiwanese brand launch their first location on the streets of Utah – specifically in the heart of the 9th and 9th, with a menu that leads with brown sugar boba drinks. A glance of social media today already shows lines down the street with eager locals looking to grab some of their eye catching drinks.

Coming soon

Baby’s Bagels

Announced across a number of sources, it looks like Baby’s Bagels (pictured top of page) are set for a permanent home in downtown Salt Lake City. If you’ve walked past Cannella’s Italian just over from the County building you’ve no doubt seen the crews at works. Well, it appears the location will host a new business under the name Cannella’s Coffee Shop + Baby’s Bagels.

I’ve written about Baby’s excellent bagels for a while now, but until now you’ve only been able to snag their baked goods at popups and weekend markets. The move looks set to offer a more permanent base for the brand. That bagel creation at the top of the page by the way, that one’s my own, here’s hoping the BB’s menu includes some similarly savory constructions.

Bonus points in the linked tweet above, “farewell Taco Taco, hello something new from the Water Witch crew” also indicates a revamp of the Taco Taco business too. I’ve reached out for comment and will let you know.

FEASTbox

Here’s some details for this meaty newcomer:

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FEASTbox is a local restaurant specializing in a global barbeque menu. Some crowd favorites include Korean, Texas, and Hawaiian BBQ-loaded hotdogs and fries. FEASTbox, previously operated out of a 42,000 SF take-out-only facility, is opening its first three dine-in concepts in West Valley City, Herriman, Utah, and Denver, Colorado. FEASTbox is the ultimate global barbecue experience, pair a world traveler with a pit master, and you get a food experience that captures smoked meat from around the world.

The West Valley City concept is inside the Highbury Centre at 2682 High Commons Way, West Valley City, UT 84120. The grand opening for all three locations is Thursday, April 13, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The first 100 customers at each location get a free meal. After the first 100 customers, it is “By One Get One.” 

After entering the restaurant scene through meal and catering delivery on DoorDash and Uber Eats, we are now opening several dine-in restaurant locations across Utah and Denver! Dine in at any of our locations for a delicious global barbecue experience, said a spokesperson for FEASTbox”. 

Mountain West Commercial Real Estate (MWCRE) agents Scott Brady and Garrett Blomquist represent the developers of Highbury Centre in West Valley City. 

“We are thrilled to help Gardner Company’s Highbury Centre welcome FEASTbox. FEASTbox’s deliciously unique menu and top-notch offerings will complement existing tenants while aligning with the developer’s goals to bring fresh and upbeat energy to the center,” MWCRE agent Garrett Blomquist said. 

FEASTbox leased 2,280 SF at Highbury Centre, a new Target-anchored 142,000 SF retail hub boasting a myriad of great tenants such as Cinemark, Marshall’s, Maurice’s, Noodles, Freebird World Burrito, Firehouse Subs, and many more.

Mr Shabu Orem

The sophomore outing for this Japanese hot pot business is now in operation. Stretching their legs with a move from downtown Salt Lake, the second location can now be found in Orem. The blueprint seems the same as the the SLC original – all you can eat shabu shabu – served in an upscale atmosphere. I was quite enamored when I wrote about Mr Shabu three years back.

Ol’ Skool

This new food truck should be snaking the streets any day now – the menu – burritos and loaded fries; both loosely built around a mix of chicken, carne asada or veggie.

Sodamix

A new soda shop of South Jordan should be headed there soon – here’s the full press release:

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Get ready because the best-mixed fountain drinks, baked cookies, and hand-scooped ice cream is coming to South Jordan, UT. The Sodamix announced plans to open its ninth location joining eight other sites across Idaho, Arizona, and Utah. The South Jordan location will be the fifth in Utah, other Utah locations include Logan, Provo, Salem, and St. George. The estimated opening date for the South Jordan location is August 1, 2023. 

Situs Retail Group represents the franchisee and is helping with the expansion.

“We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be expanding the soda and dessert offerings to Salt Lake County. “The Sodamix can’t wait to bring its unique flavor combinations and sweet treats to even more customers in this community,” said Situs Retail Group agent Dan Engle. “This is one step in a massive expansion that involves ten other The Sodamix sites.”

The Sodamix has leased almost 1,400 square feet in South Jordan, Utah, inside the Country Square shopping center at 10350 South Redwood Road. Mountain West Commercial Real Estate (MWCRE) agents Scott Brady and Ryan Stewart represent the developers, Jordan Country Square LLC.  

“I’m thrilled to announce that our client, Country Square, has secured a fantastic new tenant, The Sodamix! Their unique and innovative approach to crafting delicious sodas will surely be a hit with the community. We couldn’t be more excited to see their positive impact on this vibrant shopping center,” said MWCRE agent Ryan Stewart. 

The Sodamix will join a list of outstanding Tenants such as Sherwin Williams, Axe N Smash, and Bad Apple. 

Permit watch

Thanks to the ever kind folks at Building Salt Lake who provided me with access to their Salt Lake county building permit inspection tooling. This lets me unearth plenty of impending food finds. Here’s the recent probably openings I’ve dug up – following each note, a link to the relevant permit filing.

Beer Zombies

While this permit seems to have since been voided, it points to a second possible location around the Trolley Square neighborhood. The named owner of Robot Butcher Shop LLC out of Vegas tracks back to similar ownership of Beer Zombies in HallPas. Beer Zombies by the way – the craft beer focused bar that anchors the heart of the downtown food hall. Source.

Loco Burger

This one seems to indicate a second location for the Mexican-informed burger spot that most recently opened up aside Manny’s Too on Main Street. The permits seem to infer a new location at 1628 W 700 N clocking in at a rather spacious 3,000 square feet or so. Source.

Loki Coffee

An update on this one. Loki should be coming to 325 E 900 S. The space is newly renovated and surprisingly large for a coffee shop, coming in at 2,000 square feet. Source.

Matcha Cafe Kyoto

Going into the Sugar House space that was vacated by the former Tsunami looks to be this one. The listed owner on the permit is interestingly listed as “Dee’s Sugar House Investment LLC”. Source.

Mi Casa Tortilleria

This unit at 23 N 900 W looks set to be a new or second home for the business that, “specializes in authentic Mexican Food and fresh corn tortillas. Established in 2012. “Our business started in 2012 and has been growing since then”. Source.

Monkeywrench

“Existing 927 sf. space to be used as a grab and go ice cream shop. No drive thru. pickup window only.” Source.

Parea

Coming to 320 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, a small cafe spot. Source.

Sugar House Thai

I’ve been tracking an as till now unnamed new Thai eatery in Sugar House for a little while. It now looks likely that Thai Garden will be taking over the old Schmidt’s Pastry Cottage in Sugar House. The filing for the this one indicates the ownership as Thai Trading Properties SLC which in turn lists Thai Garden’s address as their own. Source.

Uncle Hot Pot

Headed to the former Wing Coop in the Marmalade area will be this new hot pot option – a dining style that has been gaining tremendous traction the past 18 months. Source.

324 Restaurant

It appears the old Ginger Street space in downtown Salt Lake City might be set for new tenants. A recent filing notes a modest, “New bar in restaurant” improvement, for the space already extensively kitted out by the prior business. Source.

Previously mentioned with no further update

We’ve written about the following new restaurants in recent posts tracking new restaurants around SLC. We’ve heard no further news on these at this time: 

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