Marc Marrone’s Italian Graffiti Coming to The Gateway

Italian Graffiti is the first full-scale restaurant by Nice Hospitality, the visionary team behind HallPass and SkinnyFATS. This new venture will offer a contemporary interpretation of classic Italian fare and hand-crafted family recipes from Chef-Partner Marc Marrone’s Italian-influenced upbringing in New York City. Building upon nearly 20 years of experience earned at world-class restaurants across the country, Chef Marc brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Nice Hospitality’s newest venture. Guests can expect to be immersed in the art of vibe dining with Italian Graffiti’s expansive wine menu, open format cooking, daily house made pasta, a full bakery, and dry aged meat program. The area’s first modern osteria will feature floral-inspired decor with one-of-a-kind art installations throughout the dining room, bar, and lounge areas.

“With grandparents who immigrated from Italy, my most cherished family traditions centered around sharing homemade meals together. I want our guests to experience that same gracious hospitality and convivial atmosphere,” says Marc Marrone. “The popularity of HallPass at The Gateway paved the way for this new concept as we feel it has increasingly become a coveted dining and entertainment destination in Salt Lake City.”

Italian Graffiti is slated to open this summer at the southeast corner of The Gateway.

Park City’s “Savor the Summit” Returns

After a two-year hiatus, the Park City Area Restaurant Association’s (PCARA) annual Savor the Summit will return to Historic Main Street on June 25, 2022.  

“We could not be more excited to bring Savor the Summit to life this year, and we are so grateful for the collaborative efforts of the City, Historic Park City Alliance (HPCA) and our loyal patrons who have been patiently awaiting the event’s return,” said PCARA Executive Director Ginger Wicks. “Guests can look forward to a completely revamped, refreshed version of our favorite summer dining tradition.”  

This year’s participating PCARA-member restaurants will celebrate the official kickoff to summer by offering their own inspired menus for guests to enjoy. The full lineup of partners and reservations for a seat at the Grande Table will be available soon. To save yours, as well as stay up to date on ongoing event updates, visit www.savorthesummit.com

Deer Valley Announces New Food and Beverage Leaders

Deer Valley Resort announced new leadership of their award-winning food & beverage operations. Jacob Musyt has been named the vice president of food & beverage, while Deer Valley’s own Sammie Doyle has been promoted to the director of food & beverage.

“With more than 20 years of hospitality experience, Jacob brings fresh ideas and a seasoned outlook for the future of Deer Valley’s food and beverage offerings,” said Jeremy Levitt, resort president. “Additionally, we are grateful for Sammie’s years of dedicated service with us, and we look forward to her leadership in her new director role.”

As the vice president of food & beverage, Jacob Musyt will oversee more than a dozen restaurant outlets, resort culinary teams, and Deer Valley’s banquet and catering experiences. Musyt was formerly the director of food & beverage at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, following roles with Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Washington, D.C., and Waldorf Astoria Park City. He studied at Johnson & Wales University in Denver with a focus on hospitality and restaurant management.  

“I am in the business of creating memories guests will cherish and last forever, something Deer Valley has been doing for decades,” said Musyt. “I’m thrilled to be back in Park City and to join the resort’s world-renowned food & beverage team and be able to provide those meaningful experiences for years to come.”

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Sammie Doyle has been with Deer Valley since 2012. She was most recently the resort restaurant operations manager, and before her time at the resort she worked as a detox case manager for people experiencing homelessness through Volunteers of America. Married with two children, Doyle is a fitness coach, foodie, wine lover, traveler and lover of the outdoors.

Tip Your Server Hospitality Support Fund

Salt Lake City, in conjunction with actor Ty Burrell, and the Downtown Alliance, have launched the Tip Your Server initiative, which aims to provide grant money to employees of the Salt Lake hospitality industry who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.

So far the fund has raised nearly $500,000, thanks to individual donations as well as matching donations provided by various organizations.

If you’d like to donate, you can get more information here.

The Store Opens at The Gateway

The Gateway continues to add to its unique portfolio of retailers in its quest to reinvent itself as an entertainment, event, and dining center. The latest addition is an exciting one: The Store has now opened at The Gateway, giving people who live, work, and play in SLC a grocery store option on west end of downtown. But The Store, which has been in business in the valley since 1968,  is much more than your typical grocery outlet.

Anyone who has visited their other location in Holladay knows that they take a unique approach to the grocery business. The Store fills a niche for high-quality, locally sourced food that’s fresh, flavorful, and healthy. The Niederhauser family, who owns The Store, takes pride in their “Miles to Market” program, which focuses on promoting local producers. Some local companies that the store prominently features are: Cutler’s Cookies, Solstice Spices, Publik Coffee, Abagails Oven, June Pies, Salsa del Diablo, Apis Hive & Honey Co., V Chocolates, and many more. I was excited to see they carry a ton of products from Stoneground Bakery, one of my favorite breadmakers in the valley. And Cutler’s Cookies are hard to beat. They truly are some of my favorite cookies around.

I appreciate that the store also produces their own grocery products under their own name, which are top-notch. Their tortilla chips and homemade salsa are fantastic. And their corn-pop churro bites are dangerously addicting. The also carry house-made cilantro lime dressing, house tri-tip, and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

The Niederhausers, who own and operate The Store, have wanted to bring the grocer’s unique environment to an urban neighborhood for years. “We looked all over the valley for the right location. Because of The Gateway’s amazing revitalization, it was a natural fit,” said Scotty Niederhauser, store director. “With The Store’s history and heavy focus on local offerings and relationships, a location downtown close to the biggest farmers market and many vendors themselves, it seemed too good to be true.”

Salt Lake Tribune and Fidelity employees must be ecstatic to finally have some additional quick lunch options in their area. The Store features a salad bar, as well as a hot food bar, both of which are by-the-pound. I was particularly impressed with the hot bar, which featured babyback ribs, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and delicious enchiladas when I popped in for a quick lunch. Chef Paul Morello leads the culinary efforts at the store. Chef Morello has spent time working in various restaurants in Miami, New York, D.C., Virginia, and South Carolina. He also spent seven years working as a chef in Turkey. He is now the Culinary Director of The Store.

I’d encourage you to swing by and check it out. It’s not your average grocery store, by any means. You can tell that the Niederhauser family and all of The Store’s leaders have a passion for creating a unique grocery store that is different than the rest.

The Store
90 South Rio Grande Street
Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Park City Plated

The Park City Area Restaurant Association (PCARA) introduces its newest initiative, Park City Plated. Beginning in August, the program will feature a different Park City restaurant each month, offering special menu items to welcome new and returning guests to try their innovative menu creations.

“Park City Plated is a brand new way for guests to sample our community’s diverse dining scene,” said PCARA executive director Ginger Wicks. “Exclusive monthly specials from a rotating collection of some of Park City’s finest restaurants give guests the opportunity to experience new, local flavors and unique menu items all year long.”

The following PCARA member restaurants participating so far are as follows:

August 25th: Hearth and Hill

September19th: Riverhorse on Main

October18th: Stein Eriksen Lodge

November 7th: Escala Provisions Company Restaurant

November 13th: Powder at Waldorf Astoria

 

December (Dates TBD): Red Rock Brewery and High West Distillery

January (Date TBD): Deer Valley Grocery~Café

February (Date TBD): tupelo

March (Date TBD): The Brass Tag

April (Date TBD): Riverhorse Provisions

 

More restaurants and their Park City Plated menu offerings will be confirmed soon.

Alamexo Cantina Closing Its Doors

After 18 months, Alamexo Cantina, the sister project of Matt Lake’s Alamexo downtown, is shutting its doors. I am personally very sad about this, since I admire Matt’s passion to create a neighborhood gathering place and his devotion to innovative dishes, and scratch cooking using only the best ingredients. Sadly, it seemed like the Cantina could never gain the traction necessary to succeed.

Their announcement, posted to Instagram, says in part: “With the months of upcoming construction that will surround our restaurant and the tight margin that all restauranteurs operate on, we can no longer continue on in this space. We have made every accommodation to insure the jobs of our staff members, who are like family, and they will all be joining us at our location on 268 South State.”

RIP, Alamexo Cantina.

 

SLC Eatery

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There’s something really cool happening in an old stucco’d building at 10th South and Main Street. The building that houses newly-opened SLC Eatery was formerly a rock shop. Apparently you could go in and buy rocks of all shapes and sizes, in varying colors, and from pretty basic to very fancy. Who knew.

The building is situated right between a motel and a used car dealership, in a (what should I call it) unique part of town for a restaurant. The area is slowly filling in with dining and drinking options, such as Proper Burger, Tinwell, and Fisher Brewery, but there is a way to go before this area is thought of as a culinary stronghold in SLC. At the restaurant there isn’t much in the way of parking (just plan to park on the street) and the restaurant’s website isn’t even done yet. Yet this quirky little spot has managed to generate more buzz in the few short weeks it’s been open that just about any other restaurant in my recent memory. And for good reason, because co-chefs and business partners Paul Chamberlain and Logan Crew are putting out some of the most unique, boundary-pushing food that we’ve seen in the city since the going-away of Forage. And did I mention they have a dim sum cart?

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Seabird Bar Now Open In Draper

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“Bar” and “Draper” aren’t two words you’ll usually hear in the same sentence. But Josh Rosenthal, founder of La Barba Coffee, has made it a bit more common now.

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Laziz Kitchen Triple D Watch Party

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Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity of Laziz Kitchen

As you may have seen on social media, Guy Fieri and his hit show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” recently passed through Utah, stopping at Hruska’s Kolaches, Proper Burger, and Laziz Kitchen. The Laziz episode airs Friday February 8th, and Laziz is hosting a party to celebrate. Tickets are $45.

From their Facebook Event page:

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