Jeff Ward stakes a claim at Silver Star
Jeff and Lisa Ward believe their new restaurant just might have the best location in town.
The patio area out the west door directly overlooks the 12th hole of the Park City Golf Club.
An elevator just feet away opens to Three Kings Drive and the biking and cross-country skiing routes that go past.
The ticket booth for the Park City Mountain Resort Silver Star lift is about 15 yards out the south door across the plaza offering an expanse of outdoor seating.
Diners on the patio or plaza sit among an ore cart and fly wheel just down from the mouth to the Spiro Tunnel Mine.
Guarding the plaza are a bronze wolf and grizzly bear yards away from Spiro Arts and the Sundance Institute.
Whether on the patio or the plaza, diners can see elevated expanses of Park City from east of Quarry Mountain to the lights of Old Town. Peaks of the Wasatch Range poke up above Park Meadows and the snow-capped Uinta Mountains are visible in the distance.
The Silver Star Village is the starting point of easy to intermediate trails, home to weekly events, winner of numerous architecture and historical-preservation awards and the community center for one of Park City’s newest residential developments.
Examples of everything there is to love about Park City in terms of sports, art, community, history, atmosphere and scenery is either yards away or can be viewed from a lawn chair, he explained.
Lisa Ward is the founder of Ward Communications and is well-known as the co-director of Leadership Park City. She and her husband Jeff, former general manager of 350 Main Brasserie and The Spur, took over the Silver Star Café in late March.
Jeff worked on Main Street for 14 years taking several turns heading up the Main Street merchant association, the Park City Restaurant Association and various committees for the Park City Chamber/Bureau. But he’s never owned his own restaurant, he said Thursday.
Silver Star developer Rory Murphy was looking to hand over control of the market/deli/café and Ward said he jumped at the chance. He watched customers for a few weeks and noticed they wanted a lot of traditional American food. Ward scrapped the deli cases and designed a new menu featuring what he calls "American Roots Cuisine."
Open June 16, the Silver Star Café will focus on lunch first, and then add dinner after a few weeks.
"It’s one part retro, one part comfort food and one part Western flavors," he said.
Items include a Black Angus burger with chipotle mayonnaise, grilled fish tacos, pulled barbeque pork sandwich and all-beef hot dogs. He’ll serve hearth-fired pizzas and the dinner menu includes grilled red trout, sweet potato and chard enchiladas plus chicken and roast pork.
The Wards said they love how the surrounding condominiums gave the previous market/deli a country-store feel. They plan to preserve that atmosphere while focusing on prepared food.
Visitors can drive up Thaynes Canyon Drive; take a left at Three Kings Drive and then a right onto Silver Star Court. The café is at the end of the road, and there’s ample parking near the front door, he said.
"People are discovering this plaza; it’s a hidden gem," Lisa added. "The timing is right to build it to be something people want to be a part of."
Silver Star Café
Open June 16
1825 Three Kings Drive
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