Times are tough, but some local businesses may be doing better than you think. Here is a snapshot of some of what’s going on in Salt Lake City with reporting by the numbers of the business scene.
New Business Spotlight
“Authentic” is an overused word when talking about cuisine. But when we find truly authentic cuisine we know it, even if we may not have traveled to that region of the world. When Eric deBonis opened the Paris Bistro on 15th and 15th everything was made to replicate an authentic Parisian Bistro, right down to the custom-made light fixtures.
Sea Salt has been a work in progress for deBonis for several years. DeBonis crafted the recipes and the entire menu himself and it’s now open on the northeast corner of 1300 South and 1700 East. Like Paris Sea Salt is immaculate.
New Businesses (past 6 months)
|Niche||613 East 400 South|
|Tony’s Burger||10||Build your own burgers, fresh cut
and fried twice fries, and shakes
|613 East 400 South|
|Sea Salt||?||New Italian restaurant in Sugarhouse||1709 East 1300 South|
|RBS Securities Inc.||260||Tech facility for Royal Bank of Scotland
announced plans to expand
operations to a facility in Salt Lake
County over the next 15 years
|Salt Lake County|
|Sunroc Corp.||75||Provider of lumber, trusses,
insulation, garage doors, millwork,
doors and other building products
|2355 W. 1500 S., Salt
|Spoony & Nata’s Down
|7||Specializing in Authentic New Orleans
Style Cuisine and Southern
|1810 S Main Street|
|Global Village||2||Many hand-made unique gifts, jewelry,
art and new-age products from
Utah and all over the world
|361 West 400 South|
|Cafe on 1st||7||Specialty coffee, breakfast and lunch||?|
|Epic Brewery||7||Epic Brewery is finally open! Offering
distinct brews at their in-store
location as well as Bayou, Beerhive,
Poplar Street and Smokin’ Blues in
|825 South State Street|
|Everest Tibetan Restaurant||9||“NUage” Tibetan and Japanese
|928 East 900 South|
Starbucks Closes on 9th & 9th
Why would anyone go to Starbucks when there is Coffee Garden on the corner?” My friend recently asked. The Coffee Garden defines the 9th and 9th area—its classical music wonderful coffee, pastries and standwiches have made it the centerpiece of the area.
But the closing of Starbucks has less to do with the Coffee Garden and more to do with the change in Starbucks’ corporate structure: Starbucks is moving largely into the drive-thru business and away from the hang-out envirnoment buisness.
As a publicly traded company there is no comparison to profit potential of a drive-thru that can process an order every two minutes, to a stand-alone building where people stay for 30 minutes to a few hours and might only order a single item.
Starbucks found their niche in building high quality coffee houses all over the nation. They established the marketplace for coffee houses in America and every succesful local coffee shop has Starbucks to thank for changing our culture in a positive manner. Starbucks paved the way, but the local coffee shops are doing a much better job at providing community gathering places.
|Will be moving to Main Street and
expanding to 1,500 employees
|222 Main Street|
|Salt Lake City Running Co.||20
|Moved from Highland Drive location
to a slightly larger facility
|700 East 2454 South|
|Two Dancing Cats||4||Cool and funky gifts, accessories
and gourmet foods
|1790 South 1100 East|
|2||Moved from 300 East location
along with two other antique
shops, because owner is selling
|(formerly 270 South 300
|Coffee Garden||6||Will be moving from Main Street in
Weller’s to an undecided location
|254 South Main St|
|Replicolor||?||Moved from location on 300 East||850 South Richards St.|
|Model Citizen||2||Moved from 300 South location to
downtown SLC Library Square
|210 East 400 South|
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