This Friday sees the launch of an all new cafe concept from Spice Kitchen, the business incubator that assists entrepreneurial refugees in launching their culinary future in Utah. Spice On 9th cafe (422 W. 900 S.) will be operated by Spice entrepreneurs on a rotating basis, giving the public the opportunity to try differing world cuisines each week. The 1200 square foot space is located in the quickly evolving Granary District (home to the likes of The Dough Miner, Fisher Brewing etc).
Several of the featured entrepreneurs will be selling packaged food products, grab-and-go items, coffee drinks as well as produce offered by refugee farmers participating in the International Rescue Committee’s New Roots program.
The Spice On 9th launch is this Friday (3.00 p.m. – 700 p.m.) with an inaugural celebration including food samples, tours of the space and information on the Spice Kitchen program and the entrepreneurs they serve.
Spice program manager Emily Park writes, “The program has been looking for a space to not only highlight the work of entrepreneurs we serve, but to connect more with the greater Salt Lake community. As part of our 10th year, we are thrilled to open Spice On 9th, to share the food, the culture, and the stories of our neighbors.”
A full list of the past and present chefs supported by the program – as well their culinary specialty – is as follows:
- Ahtti Korean Munchies – Korean, Japanese
- Ashikat Kitchen – Iraqi, Syrian, Iranian, Jordanian
- African Spice – Sierra Leonean
- Bhutan House – Indian, Bhutanese, Nepalese
- BocaDulce – traditional Hispanic desserts
- Coco Limón – Mexican, Central American, South American
- Delicius – Venezuelan
- Falafel Al-Jailawi – Iraqi
- Fresh n Fried – The Americas
- Get Fala-Full – Iraqi
- Halab’s Jasmine Kitchen – Syrian
- Hayat’s Grill – Afghan
- Honey Teahive – European and Russian
- IndieGo Coffee – Indian
- Jamaica’s Kitchen – Jamaican
- Kafé Mamai – African, The Americas
- Kuya Del – Asian, Mexican, Pacific Island
- La Pizca Andina – Venezuelan
- Laan Na Thai – Thai
- Mama Africa & Mama Beignet – Congolese
- Mother of All – Sudanese
- Namash Swahili Cuisine – Swahili, Somali, East African, Kenyan
- Noor Al Sham – Syrian
- Prime Corn – Pre-Hispanic
- Prin-Ya Custard – Japanese
- Shwe Letyar Sushi – Burmese
- Sikkim Momo – Nepali
- Waterwheel Kitchen – Egyptian, Jordanian, Lebanese, Syrian
- Wings on Wheels – American
- Zahara – Moroccan
Following the Friday launch of the new space, regular hours of operation for Spice On 9th will be Monday to Friday, 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
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