Friday afternoon, y'know. So I added a stop by the DABC store on 300 East to my lunch hour (spent at Lumi Bistro—on 200 East—love the rosemary chicken sandy ) to pick up some Carol Shelton rose and a bottle of Simonnet-Febvre rose sparkles. And across the street, standing in the rubble of what was once Carmen Miranda, I spotted David Harries, ownenr of Vinto and longtime inventive Utah restaurateur.
He'd told me he was buying that block, so I hopped over to see what was going up.
What a cool space!
Once the mezzanine level was removed, a broad arched ceiling was revelealed, supported by steel trusses. The facade on 300 South still stands, but the ceiling has been stripped back to allow for an outdoor dining space; a new glass wall will be built to front the restaurant proper. Fingers crossed, Mikell Trapp has signed a letter of intent for this part of the reconstructed building.
A huge arched space curves back at right angles to the 300 South space, fronting on 300 East. Again, Harries is toying iwht the idea of peeling back part of the ceiling to allow for an outdoor dining garden. Industrial windows run the length of the building, letting in even more light.
But what has me really excited is one of the ideas Harries has for this area: Instead of leasing the whole thing, he's considering dealing it out in small parcels, maybe 300 square feet or so apiece, so the building will become a small, SLC version of San Francisco's Ferry Building, or New York's Chelsea Market. I think this sounds perfect for our town, which is built on small businesses. Food trucks wanting to go bricks and mortar, famous chefs who want to just sell fried chicken, artisan shops that would like a small place in town—this would be a great home for all of them.
We'll see. Any way you look at it, 3 and 3 will be good news for Salt Lake diners.