Marketplace: New restaurant open at The Yarrow
November 5, 2010
There is a new restaurant and bar in Park City that would like to invite everyone to give them a try. It has a new manager, a new chef, a new menu, new interior and new staff.
The only thing that isn’t new is the location: it’s in The Yarrow Resort Hotel.
Manager Cory Bastian has been with The Yarrow for about two months. He was hired by the hotel’s new owners to reinvent the restaurant and bar.
"We’re starting from scratch and starting the whole thing over," he said.
The clean start was inspired by some of the best advice he ever heard.
"When things aren’t broken, if you want to make it better sometimes it’s good to break them," he said.
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The old eatery was popular for breakfast, but few locals thought of it as a place to go for dinner. That went to the top of Bastian’s goal list, he said.
"In the past, it hasn’t had an identity," he said. "Our new image is catering to ski vacationers and No. 1 is having lots of daily specials and features to attract locals."
The Mountain Grill will retain its name, but the new interior has more earth tones and is designed to be appropriate for an alpine setting. The bar is now Skyline Bar and features four large, flat-screen televisions playing college and professional football, and soon basketball, he said.
French-trained chef Brian LaPerle now runs the kitchen and has designed a completely fresh menu. It’s a grill, so a lot of meat is on the menu, but Bastian said LaPerle also adds a touch of French cuisine.
Bastian acknowledges that the place used to look a little like a Denny’s. That had to go, he said. The new restaurant doesn’t have white tablecloths, but it is now a place where locals and skiers alike would enjoy a fresh sandwich, salad, or dinner, Bastian said.
The staff has all been replaced to guarantee a completely different dining experience. With all new faces, Bastian said the Mountain Grill’s brand is still developing, and he would prefer to see that happen organically as people in the community lay claim to it.
He does envision it becoming an alternative to Main Street as well as family-friendly and affordable, he said. He’s not duplicating or modeling after anyone else in town.
He also has plenty of parking. Adjacent to the Park Avenue Fresh Market, many people use the store’s parking lot, but Bastian said The Yarrow has 150 stalls on its own property. Finding a convenient spot is never an issue.
The hotel is centrally located near S.R. 224, Kearns Blvd., Iron Horse Dr., and is on Park Ave. It even has a Starbucks inside just outside the restaurant that opened last January, he said.
The grand re-opening is Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving, and all changes will be complete and ready by the start of ski season, Bastian added.
The Mountain Grill and Skyline Bar at The Yarrow Resort Hotel
1800 Park Ave.
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