Spur Bar and Grill on Main Street enters new era
Renovation project complete, bar looks to future
Cortney Johanson roamed the bar, a special energy circulating through it, and more than a decade of hoping and wishing was relegated to a memory all at once.
Patrons had packed the place. For The Spur Bar and Grill, which carved out a niche in Main Street’s music scene years ago, that was nothing new. But almost everything else was. The owners had put the finishing touches on an extensive renovation. It now stretches into a Main Street storefront and features a second level with an outdoor patio overlooking the historic drag.
For Johanson and everyone else who has come to view the bar as a special place in Park City, the first packed house since the bar reopened early this month was a night to remember.
“It was finally that sense like, ‘Oh my God we did it,’” said Johanson, the bar’s managing partner. “It was 10 years of thinking of doing it, two years of planning it, a year of architecture stuff and permitting, then the six months of building. We finally did it. … Literally, our blood, sweat and tears have gone into this place.”
Compared to the old digs, the revamped Spur is nearly unrecognizable. But the changes aren’t only aesthetic. In addition to the expansion, Johanson; her husband, general manager Fabio Ferriera; and owner Aaron Hoffman upgraded the menu. Patrons will still be able to order typical bar fare such as burgers or wings, but they can also pick from a selection of new dishes like lobster fritters and a range of salads.
Johanson is hopeful the bar will become a hot spot for Parkites and tourists alike to grab a bite during lunch or sit down for dinner.
“People are loving the food,” she said. “We’ve designed the menu so there are things you could eat every day if you wanted. There’s still the gluttonous bar items on there that are fun to have, but there are also salads and sandwiches. We’re hoping that people on Main Street will come for lunch here.”
Though tourists are still a week or so away from flooding the town for the holiday season, the renovated bar has already begun to attract crowds. Many people who used to work at the Spur have returned to see the new place. People who had never come before been in, too, Johanson said, and most have been impressed with what they’ve seen.
“I’ve seen so many people that I hadn’t seen in forever,” she said. “Everyone is stopping by to check it out and see what it is.”
For Johanson, the weeks leading up to the bar’s reopening and the days following it have been a whirlwind. It’s also been a reminder of how far the Spur has come since Hoffman opened it to accompany the neighboring 350 Main restaurant.
For roughly a decade, the bar was unknown even to some locals because of its secluded entrance. It was a special treat, Johanson said, for those who knew where to find it, tucked away in a tunnel off Main Street.
Now, however, the bar, complete with its two-story Main Street storefront, will be impossible to miss.
“It’s so much change,” she said. “In the beginning, we served food out of 350 Main’s kitchen because we didn’t even have a kitchen here. Then, in the offseasons when 350 would shut down, there was no food. So it’s kind of evolved from being just this little sister property to 350 to this big thing. It’s almost like 350 is going to be little sister to this now.”
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