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Lower Main loses some of its outdoor dining this spring

Zoom closes for the summer in a few weeks, and after this weekend, Easy Street shuts down for a year and a half to make way for the Sky lodge
Easy Street manager John Burdick says the restaurant will gain and and special event space in the Sky Lodge in 2007. Photo: Grayson West/Park Record.
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A few of lower Main Street’s spring and summertime hangouts will be missing this year, as Easy Street and Zoom close their doors for renovations and construction.

While Zoom plans on being closed for only a handful of months, Easy Street Brasserie fans and Bar Boheme loungers will need to order up a healthy dose of French rotisserie-cooked chicken and milk chocolate banana crepes this weekend to tide them over for the next year and a half. The restaurant and bar will be closed until 2007 to make way for the construction of the Sky Lodge, a new six-story boutique hotel.

The last night for Easy Street’s grilled flatbread and goat cheese will be this Sunday, April 9, according to the restaurant’s manager John Burdick.

"Nothing particularly special is going on, but we’ll probably run specials as we run down in food toward the end of the weekend," he said.

In 2002, Easy Street opened in the restored Utah Coal and Lumber Building, which was originally built in 1925. The menu changes with each new season, featuring local and regional cottage food producers and farmers, and is widely considered one of Old Town’s elite restaurants.

After this weekend, Easy Street’s utilities, including gas, water and power, will be turned off in an effort to dig a two-level underground parking lot for the Sky Lodge with a capacity of approximately 50 cars, Burdick says. The new hotel and parking structure will be located behind Easy Street.

In the next few weeks, Old Town pedestrians will also notice a crane that rivals the crane used to build Swede Alley’s new parking structures.

"They’re bringing in a crane a little bit larger than the parking structure’s crane it’s supposed to be the largest sky crane in Utah," Burdick says.

According to the Sky Lodge’s web site, once complete, the hotel will feature a spa, a fitness center with an indoor lap pool, 16 three-bed units and five two-bedroom units as well as a private penthouse with a 360-degree view. It will be a member-owned residence club, with each deed-owning member guaranteed the ability to reserve their residence for 35 days each year.

The company describes the look of the Sky Lodge as a rocky mountain loft-style that takes on the bohemian spirit of Old Town’s silver mining heritage.

The final design includes expanded outdoor seating for Easy Street, along with a banquet space within the hotel for special parties and events, Burdick explained.

"We’re all really excited, I mean, it’s a great project for us and it’s really going to bring a lot to Park City it will be an amazing structure," he says.

But Burdick predicts there will be a few disappointed Park City residents once the snow melts.

"A lot of people are going to be upset because we won’t have our patio open this summer, which is really when we get a lot of locals enjoying the restaurant," he noted.

Burdick, originally from Chicago, began working at Easy Street a year ago. He notes that without a restaurant, there is no need for a staff. He says that many long-term employees were given "a very nice" severance check and that those employees in good standing have been invited to come back in a year and a half.

In other news, the Sundance Resort’s Zoom restaurant, Easy Street’s neighbor, will also be closed for the summer months and part of fall, but not because of the Sky Lodge’s construction. The restaurant is closing after April 16, to renovate its kitchen.

According to Zoom’s General Manager Steve Solomon, there have been a number of rumors circulating, but the restaurant, he assures, will reopen this fall.

"We are not affiliated with the Sky Lodge, though we share a landlord," he explained. "[Easy Street] will be closing until the Sky Lodge is completed, but we’re going to be open for the ski season so we can fix this old building."

Zoom opened in November, 1995, and has yet to undergo any significant renovations since then, says Sundance Marketing and Public Relations Manager Lucy Ridolphi. The renovations are aimed at making the kitchen more efficient. The target date for Zoom’s reopening date is December, she said.


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