Miner's Grill and Sports Bar had some remodeling difficulties - putting a delay on their anticipated grand-opening according to owner Kerry Smithers, during an interview with The Park Record. Despite the snags, Park City's newest restaurant opened its doors in January - just in time for the mass of tourists who flock the area every year for the Sundance Film Festival.
"There weren't any problems with the property when we remodeled," Smithers said. "It just took longer than expected to get everything right. We wanted this place to be a locals' spot with a local feel and I think we've designed the perfect environment."
The restaurant and sports bar is described by Smithers as a casual dining experience where you can watch your favorite sporting event on their many HD TVs and Park City's only LCD video wall.
Smithers explained that the family-friendly "sports hub" was designed as a reflection of a place she'd like to hang out.
"I am here most days," Smithers said. "It feels like I have a really cool living room with a lot of cool friends".
The restaurant's menu consists of your typical bar food - but the handpicked kitchen staff's wings, handmade burgers and fries, pizza and an assortment of appetizers, are perfect after the big game or a day on the ski hill, according to Smithers.
Smithers made her living on Wall Street. Amongst her stories of sky scrapers and her business life in New York, she explained, she had enough.
The Boston native sold her software company - then she and her 13 year-old daughter Trinity packed their belonging and moved to Park City.
"I moved here for the lifestyle," Smithers said. "I love to ski, but Park City has so much to offer year-round. I couldn't imagine living anywhere else."
Moving here nearly five years ago with the intentions to retire, Smithers had a hard time keeping still.
"I was only here a year when I started ski instructing at Deer Valley [Resort]. It was something I did to keep moving. It's just a great experience," said Smithers.
Her inspiration to open the new restaurant was sparked by her brother-in-law Bill Smithers, owner of Sugar House Barbeque, located in Salt Lake City.
When the building that was previously used by Flippin' Burgers became vacant in the Snow Creek Plaza, Smithers couldn't resist the property for the new restaurant.
"City Hall was very supportive when doing all of the necessary tasks in opening the business," Smithers said. "Coming from New York and the union mess, the hurdles in Park City were a lot more relaxed."
To support their sports bar theme, the restaurant has joined up with Real Salt Lake soccer team as an official Pub Partner. All of the Real matches will be televised in the restaurant and a live broadcasted event, with a date yet to be determined, will be held in the bar.
This weekend during their NCAA Men's College Basketball Final Four happening, they will also be holding a drawing for free Real tickets.
"After Sundance, business obviously went down quite a bit," Smithers laughed. "Business has been growing, and I think the word is finally starting to get out that we're open. Come in and enjoy the game and bring the family."