Angry Bull ousts Spicy Lady in Heber
August 27, 2010
Flanagan’s Irish Pub co-owner John Kenworthy is transforming a block on another Main Street this winter.
He’s turning Heber’s 139 North Main, former home to the Spicy Lady, into the Angry Bull restaurant, saloon and Texas-style honky tonk.
Spicy Lady founder Jai Wurfbain said the economy forced him to close in early August. He’s now consulting at the Café Galleria in Midway.
Kenworthy’s firm also owns the vacant adjacent buildings 151 North that was a Nitro-Pak warehouse and 155 North, formerly an antique store. The latter will soon be a Wildflowers Linen, he said. The California-based company’s products have been featured at events at the White House and celebrity parties.
The middle building is currently under construction with plans to become an expanded dining area that converts to a honky tonk after dinner service.
Kenworthy said he has a photograph of Heber’s Main Street taken in about 1920. His renovations are intended to return the block to its original look. The theme of the Angry Bull is rodeos and cowboys, paying homage to the community’s heritage.
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The Angry Bull opened last Sunday and serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. The hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and until 1 a.m. weekends. It serves "country home cooking," he said, with country fried steak, buffalo wings, macaroni and cheese, and what he believes to be the biggest hamburgers in Wasatch County.
"And at Heber prices," he added.
He currently hosts live music, but big things are coming, Kenworthy said, including a mechanical bull.
The building is home to what he believes to be the oldest Utah bar still in use. It was built in about 1881 in Park City and moved to Heber after the turn of the century for Clyde’s Billiards.
He is tearing the floor out of 151 North to reveal the cut-stone foundation similar to what several Main Street Park City buildings were built with. This larger room will feature a professional stage for big performances.
Kenworthy says it will have the character and authenticity of the No Name Saloon with the excitement and event-hosting capabilities of Harry O’s.
"To be able to expand with that kind of authenticity is nothing short of a miracle," he said.
Everything will be themed around the railroad, farming, rodeo and cowboys. Some of the best bull riders in the professional circuits come from the Wasatch Back, he said. Some businesses on Main Street have tried to bring something new and different to Heber, but Kenworthy said he’ll be returning to its roots.
"We’re going to be a very unique destination landmark restaurant and special events center," he said. "The city and the county are very excited. You can’t build 130 years old."
If everything goes according to plan, Kenworthy said the Angry Bull could become as famous as Jackson Hole’s Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and Gilly’s in Texas.
He hopes to have the expansion ready for the Sundance Film Festival, but if it is not, it will be ready for next summer.
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