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Restaurants and bars leaving SLC dining scene

Aqua Terra Steak + Sushi - private dining room (Gastronomic SLC)

Aqua Terra Steak + Sushi

This upscale steak and seafood restaurant located in the City Creek Mall has now formally confirmed its closure. Posting to social media this morning, the company wrote, “Dear friends, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close our doors starting today, April 2. It has been an honor to be a part of the thriving Salt Lake City culinary scene and community! We deeply appreciate our talented team, and we thank you for your patronage.”

The restaurant was opened by Ascent Hospitality in the Winter of 2022, immediately becoming a prominent addition to the downtown mall. At launch, a press release touted the restaurant’s concept as, “a curated and intentional dining experience in a sleek but approachable atmosphere. Premium steak and wild game cuts, a wide-ranging sushi, omakase and crispy rice menu, and an array of sake cocktails and wine offerings highlight an elevated dining experience.”

The Sun Trapp

The Salt Lake Tribune reported in mid-March that this iconic local bar had surrendered its liquor license, effectively terminating the business in its existing format. The bar had been closed since January according to Q. Stalwarts of the ‘Trapp – Riley Richter and Micheal Repp – can now be found operating the LGBTQIA+ bar Club Verse, located at 609 S State St.

Asia Palace

Following March’s recap of closed businesses, a reader of the site dropped me a note to mention I’d missed this State Street restaurant from the list of now departed names. I can’t see any confirmation, or indeed any social media from the restaurant, that officially documents this. That said, both Google and Yelp report the business as permanently closed, with the final reviews on the former appearing about four weeks ago. The restaurant seems to have been replaced with The 14 Peaks – a new Indian/Nepalese eatery.

A further tipster also confirmed that the West Valley City location of the same name – remains open.

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3 thoughts on “Restaurants and bars leaving SLC dining scene”

  1. Do you know what happened to the Filipino restaurant on 700 east and about 3900 south near Western Washington university? I loved the food and the owners.

    1. Sadly no Jerry. It’s often quite difficult to get info on closures. The vast majority pass without any notice, info or update 🙁

  2. Not surprised that Aqua Terra closed. It was expensive. Although it was in City Creek, just kind of a weird spot for a restaurant. All of the other restaurants in this mall are located at the east end.

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