Eat, drink, and tarry at new places in Park City
July 21, 2009
Park City’s food and drink scene will be slightly different this winter as several establishments have changed owners or are brand new this summer.
The economy has forced some owners out, but is also presenting opportunities for fresh blood to come in and try their hand.
The Beaver Creek Inn
The Beaver Creek Inn in Kamas is under new management. Stephanie Hardy said she plans on improving the quality of food, lowering prices in consideration of the current economy and staying open longer hours.
Food service for the now-open Dakota Mountain Lodge at The Canyons will be provided by Spruce, a San Francisco-based American restaurant that strives to buy local, organic ingredients.
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"It uses seasonal produce," explained spokesperson Karey Walker. "Whatever Utah has to offer, the chefs will source ingredients for the day’s menu so the menu changes for what’s available."
The company has other locations in California, and this will be their first in the Mountain West.
Slated to open July 29, the restaurant will be open to the public, to guests of the lodge and will provide food service to Golden Door Spa guests as well.
"We’re very conscious of the Earth," she said.
Lindzee O’Michaels took the place of Kristauf’s Martini Bar on lower Main Street.
Co-owner Steve Liebroder said their goal is to carry the highest quality beer and spirits in Park City. The establishment is also stocked with many games, both real and virtual.
Open since May, the bar has already gained a loyal following.
Summit County’s first bowling alley has been long awaited and anticipated. Jupiter Bowl at Newpark Resort has already applied for its liquor license and according to Chris Retzer with the developers it is slated to be open by Thanksgiving. If delays occur, the bowling alley will definitely be ready for this coming ski season.
La Casita is gone from the 710 Main Street plaza next to Reef’s Kitchen and Oishi Sushi Bar. In its place, Robert Reyes is opening Reyes Adobe.
The interior is under renovation and he expects to be open in about five weeks. La Casita’s kitchen equipment and furniture were all about 10 years old and Reyes said he wants to update everything.
Reyes Adobe will be a Mexican restaurant, but he’s bringing in the chef from The Sky Bar and will be offering higher-end cuisine.
"He has great food," Reyes said. "It’s going to be different from everything in the valley right now."
It will offer popular favorites, but will not be a taqueria, he said.
Reyes said he has 25 years of experience in the restaurant business, as does his chef.
"We’re pretty savvy," he said.
The recent changes to Utah’s liquor laws have inspired management at The Stag Lodge at Deer Valley to open Café 52. The lodge has always had a private club serving alcohol for owners and guests in the lodge, but it has been granted new status to be a private restaurant, said Scott Sandlin, front desk manager.
Renovation was done to upgrade the facilities and Sandlin said they’re pleased to offer more in the space to owners and guests.
Café Trang on Sidewinder Drive changed owners, but the restaurant is still in the family. Gwen Nguyen recently took over from her sister-in-law Vickie Tran. Nguyen said she’s expecting no major changes the public will notice.