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Easter Sunday Supper and SLC Restaurants Updates

Easter Sunday Supper at Log Haven. New Owner at Junior’s Tavern. Manoli’s Update.


Easter Sunday Supper at Log Haven

The Log Haven restaurant family invites you to spend this Easter with them as they host a special Easter Luncheon/Supper from 12 to 5 p.m. with a menu “lovingly created by Chef Dave Jones”.

The first course will be a choice of Wild Mushroom Soup or Bloomsdale Spinach Salad. Entree options include Grilled American Wagyu Bavette with grilled asparagus, creme fraiche mashed potatoes and sauce au poivre; Grilled Salmon with black lentils, artichoke salad, and lemon beurre blanc; Grilled Chicken Breast with butternut polenta and huckleberry gastrique; Roast Leg of Lamb with sundried tomato pesto, wheat berry cassoulet, roasted broccolini and sauce Robert; or Parmigiano-Reggiano Risotto with English peas, tomato coulis, and extra virgin olive oil. For dessert there will be Maple Panna Cotta, New York Cheesecake, or Chocolate Ganache Tart. 

The cost for Easter Sunday supper at Log Haven is $64/adults and $37.50/children under 12. Space is limited, so reserve your spot ASAP. 

New Owner at Junior’s Tavern

I have to admit that I was a bit bummed when I heard that Junior’s Tavern had been sold by Greg Arata, after nearly 50 years of his ownership – he opened the then-beer bar in 1974. But then, a wide smile crossed my face when I learned who the new owner is: Bob McCarthy. 

Bob is the longtime owner of Stoneground Italian Kitchen and the Garage on Beck, and I can’t think of anyone who’ll be a better custodian of the classic neighborhood bar than McCarthy. He “gets it,” and while he plans to add a small stage and a patio, he says he will keep Greg Arata’s iconic beer can collection, which is the decorative centerpiece at Junior’s. Being a music lover himself, I’m pretty sure the posters of Howling Wolf, Miles Davis, et al will stay, as well. And I doubt he’ll be switching from blues and jazz to a pop Spotify playlist anytime soon. Congrats Bob! Here’s to another half-decade of boozy fun at Junior’s Tavern. 

Manoli’s Update

As many of you probably know, Manoli’s restaurant underwent flood damage back near the end of December. At the time, they posted on Facebook that “Due to an unexpected flooding in our restaurant, we will be closed this evening & tomorrow morning.” 

Nearly three months later, Manoli’s is still shuttered. The latest update from Manoli Katsanevas and his team, from March 4th, says “Construction is moving along! Our restaurant and reservation system will be closed for the month of March and we will be re-opening again in early April. Stay tuned for an announcement on when we’ll be opening our doors. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.”

If you’d like to help out Manoli’s while their doors are closed, consider purchasing gift cards or apparel like a Manolli’s trucker’s hat from their website. 



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Food writer Ted Scheffler

Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.


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