Word on the Street - October 2020

October 16, 2020 Written by

Fall is making its presence known in Downtown SLC, but the cooler temperatures do not mean the retail openings are slowing down. We’ve got plenty of new activity going on, and expect to see even more going into the holiday season. Of course, we are still in the middle of a pandemic, and these establishments are opening up with safety precautions in mind from the get-go. 

Don’t forget our retail and restaurants need your business now more than ever. You can learn more about Shop In Utah offers from some downtown businesses making it even easier for you to support them. Keep an eye out for some new opportunities we’ll be launching soon!

Recently Opened

Café Juniper | 29 East 400 South
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This coffee shop is nestled just off of Main Street below Exchange Place. In addition to a classic menu of hot (and cold) drinks, Juniper offers an array of goodies from local artisans. With doughnuts from Mad Dough and pies from Pie Party, you’ll definitely want to save room for a treat to accompany your coffee!

Curry Up Now | 152 East 200 South
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We’ve been patiently waiting for the opening of Curry Up Now downtown so we could see what the franchise out of the Bay Area has to offer. The innovative menu is worth checking out, with Indian spins on everything from burritos to poutine. The fast-casual setting makes it perfectly accessible whether you’re looking for a date spot or just some tasty food after a night at the bars. You’ll also want to check out the incredible mural on the side of the store.

Fat Boy Phillies | 400 South & State Street

The second location of this cheesesteak joint has been a long time coming. The original location in Murray is hugely popular, and now you can get your fill of the Philly sandwich downtown as well. As the name suggests, you shouldn’t expect too many healthy options here, but if you’re looking to satisfy a late-night craving, this may just hit the spot.

Gather Fine Wood | 133 South Rio Grande Street

This recent addition at The Gateway offers a selection of beautiful wood creations, from furniture to knives. Their store is a showroom of unique works of art, or you can go next door to HallPass to experience their creations. If you’re looking for a masterpiece to add to your home or business, Gather has your answer. Keep an eye out for some small private group showings or make an

Mortar & Pestle | 152 East 200 South
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This bar concept is brought to you by the folks behind Curry Up Now. Featuring a separate entrance off Edison Street, Mortar & Pestle is outfitted with cozy seating perfect to reserve for a work event or other small gathering. You’ll have access to some of the delicious food from Curry Up Now as well as a curated selection of Indian-inspired craft cocktails.

On the Blade Barber Co. | 11 East 400 South
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The need for a good haircut certainly doesn’t go away with the pandemic. This new barbershop is perfectly located just off Main Street, making it an easy spot to schedule an appointment during your workday. 

Wild Coyote Tattoo | 217 East Broadway
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I missed this one in our last roundup, but Wild Coyote opened this downtown location on July 4. For now, they are requiring all clients to wear a mask and schedule an appointment, making it the perfect spot if you’re looking for some quarantine ink. Take a look through their social media pages to see work from some of their artists.

Opening Soon 

Graffiti Bao | 153 South Rio Grande Street

HallPass at The Gateway is partnering up with fellow Vegas-based concept Graffiti Bao. The menu is expected to feature a variety of bao buns, dumplings, and rolls along with an assortment of entree options. Graffiti Bao’s chef will also be joining the HallPass team to help update some of the other existing concepts in the food hall, making the experience even better than ever.

The Ivy | 55 West 100 South

One of Downtown SLC’s best patios was lost when Cafe Molise moved to their new location. Well, it looks like it’s coming back to life with The Ivy. Brought to you from the team behind Soundwell, this is sure to be a restaurant experience worth checking out.

Niccoli’s | 270 South 300 East

After years of renovations and changed plans, we can’t wait for this space to finally see some action. We’re still learning more about Niccoli’s, but it bills itself as an “Italian Restaurant & Market.” We’re looking forward to seeing how it comes together!

The Varley | 63 West 100 South

Historically a bar space, this newcomer shares a back-of-house with The Ivy. The Varley is also a concept from the Soundwell team, so there’s a chance we’ll see some live shows and other interesting activations here. More details to come.

Do you know of a new business I missed? Got a tip of one getting ready to open? Let me know at