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Restaurants make changes in shoulder season


Shoulder season is a time for many Park City businesses to take a deep breath after the end of ski season. Often restaurants close a few weeks for deep cleanings and renovations. At least three restaurateurs are taking advantage of the slow days before summer begins to make major changes.

The Stewpot

The closure of the Stewpot restaurant at Deer Valley last fall saddened many, but owners Danny and Toni Thomas say they’re ready to reopen in Heber May 10.

The location will be disappointing to some Parkites, but the landlord sort of recruited them, Danny Thomas explained Monday. The new eatery will be at 734 West 100 South often called the Midway Highway.

After undergoing major heart surgery and spending a month in the hospital, Thomas said he wasn’t too keen on reopening; it was his wife’s idea.

Now that he feels better, the two are ready to get back to work.

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"I’m in great shape," he said. "I’m ready to rock and roll again."

The deck at the new locale won’t be as big and The Stewpot will now be closed Sundays, but the menu will be expanded to include hors d’oeuvres.

Davanza’s at the Junction

Like several Park City merchants, Davanza’s owner John Troilo took a break once the resorts closed and is now in Africa, but the county confirmed that a change in business license application is underway for the Kimball Junction location.

Ryan Glenn of Salt Lake City is applying to be one of the new owners with his friend Matthew Fishler. The two grew up together in Highland Park and were huge fans of the Foothill Boulevard location near the mouth of Parley’s Canyon.

Glenn said Monday when they learned Troilo was looking to sell one of the three restaurants they jumped at the chance.

"We were looking for a change of pace. We were looking for something to do to work for ourselves and get a little equity," he said. "It was one of our favorite places."

Glenn has worked in pubs for years and is currently employed at an establishment not too different from Davanza’s. He said they’re ready to hit the ground running.

Because they anticipate the transition to be a labor of love, once they take over Glenn said not to expect any major changes right away. After they get settled, they may redo the interior but will make adjustments slowly.

"This is a place we already like, so we don’t want to change too much," he added.

The transfer is expected to be complete May 17 and the Kimball Junction eatery should stay open in the meantime, he said.

Shabu Shabu Orem

Brian Nguyen confirmed Monday he was opening another Shabu Shabu House in Utah County in the next two weeks and planned to open a third in Salt Lake County by the end of the year.

Borrowing the original concept from a friend in San Diego, the California and Park City restaurants currently share a website. Nguyen said they eventually hope to franchise the brand.

His wife Nicky Le said the new location will feature sushi something not allowed by the lease at the Kimball Junction location were several other Asian restaurants are only a flying fish’s leap away.

Opening in Orem at 73 South State Street near the Smith’s grocery store and Shopko, Nguyen said he believes the Utah Valley residents will catch on to shabu shabu quickly.

He’s predicting the Japanese hot pot model to grow in popularity quickly.

Since the Kimball Junction restaurant is doing well, now is a good time to get the second location going, Le explained.