New York Times spends 36 hours in Salt Lake City

Friday, June 4th, 2010

The Paper of  Record, the New York Times, is publishing an article tomorrow (don’t worry, it’s online already and the link is below) praising Salt Lake City for becoming more cosmopolitan.

We thought you’d like to give it a read:

THERE’S a new party in Salt Lake City. Utah liquor laws were normalized last year for the first time since 1935, allowing patrons simply to walk into a bar and order a drink, as if they were in any other city. Add to that a budding film scene (a spillover effect from the nearby Sundance Film Festival), a fresh crop of indie galleries and boutiques, and an open-door stance toward refugees and immigrants, which has made the city more cosmopolitan. The city even passed an anti-discrimination law last year that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents — and with backing from the Mormon Church.

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Where the rubber meets the road

Monday, April 26th, 2010

As a business organization, we at the Salt Lake Chamber work hard to help businesses succeed.

All year long, and particularly during the legislative session, we focus on promoting public policy that benefits business.

We keep our eye trained on the goal of sustained economic growth as we try to build a better future for Utah businesses and Utah families.

While much of our effort goes into public policy work, the Chamber is also focused on helping business where the rubber meets the road.

We’re in the middle of the 4th Annual Dine O’Round, presented by the Downtown Alliance.  Through May 1st, 37 downtown restaurants are offering some great deals to encourage people from all along the Wasatch Front to come downtown and try something new.

All 37 restaurants offer a special 3-course dinner for either $15 or $30.

New this Spring is “Lunch On Us!” which features a special two item lunch for $5 or $10 at 27 of the participating restaurants.

Dine O’ Round is a boost for downtown business and provides a great opportunity to get out of the office on a beautiful spring day and enjoy the many special flavors of downtown eateries.

For more information, you can go to DineORound.com.

We’re also holding our Expo MarketPlace May 13th at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

The Expo MarketPlace is another great way the Chamber helps business network and strengthen the bottom line.

Before the doors open for the Expo MarketPlace, this year we’re offering a new feature, the Expo Forum. Bill Manning, president of the MLS Cup Champion Real Salt Lake, will give insight on “Building a Championship Franchise.”

Booth space is going quickly but a few opportunities are still available.

For more information about participating in the Expo MarketPlace or to attend the Expo Forum, go to our website at slchamber.com.

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Downtown Spring Dine O’ Round starts Friday

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Thirty-seven of Salt Lake City’s best restaurants extend a special invitation to enjoy dining at an exceptional price during the 4th annual Downtown Spring Dine O’ Round. In addition to the regular menu, participating restaurants offer a three-course dinner for $15 or $30 per person; new this year 27 restaurants offer “Lunch On Us!” featuring a two-item lunch for $5 or $10.

Eight of the 37 participating restaurants are new: Bayleaf Café, Copper Canyon Grill House & Tavern The Copper Onion, The Green Pig Pub, Naked Fish Japanese Bistro, Robin’s Nest, SkyBox Sports Grill and Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill.

“We hope the new Lunch On Us! campaign will encourage downtown workers to get out of the office, enjoy the spring sunshine and sample some of Utah’s best food,” said Jason Mathis, executive director of the Downtown Alliance. “In the past few months, dozens of new businesses have opened their doors downtown and dining in Utah’s Capital City has never been more dynamic. This Utah tradition is a great way to explore the food renaissance underway in downtown Salt Lake City.”

At participating restaurants diners may enter to win an evening in downtown Salt Lake City with two tickets to Anthony Bourdain on June 19th at Abravanel Hall, accompanied by dinner for two and one night’s hotel stay.

Indulge the frugal foodie in you during Downtown Dine O’ Round. There are no coupons, no punch cards and no strings attached.

$15 3-Course Dinner

Acme Burger Company

Bayleaf Café

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano

Cedars of Lebanon

Copper Canyon Grill House & Tavern

The Garden Restaurant

The Green Pig Pub

Iggy’s Sports Grill Downtown

J. Wong’s Asian Bistro

Lamb’s Grill Café

Poplar Street Pub

Red Rock Brewing Company

Sandbar Mexican Grill

Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

Squatters Pub Brewery

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

$30 3-Course Dinner

Bambara

Caffe Molise

Christopher’s Seafood & Steakhouse

The Copper Onion

Donovan’s Steak and Chop House

Eva

Lumpy’s Downtown

Market Street Grill

Market Street Oyster Bar

Martine

The Melting Pot

Metropolitan

Naked Fish Japanese Bistro

New Yorker

SkyBox Sports Grill

Star of India

Takashi

Tin Angel Café

Vienna Bistro

$5 2-Item Lunch

Bayleaf Café

Gracie’s

The Green Pig Pub

J. Wong’s Asian Bistro

The Robin’s Nest

Sandbar Mexican Grill

$10 2-Item Lunch

Acme Burger Company

Caffe Molise

Cedars of Lebanon

Christopher’s Seafood and Steakhouse

Copper Canyon Grill House & Tavern

The Copper Onion

Eva

Iggy’s Sports Grill Downtown

Lamb’s Grill Cafe

Lumpy’s Downtown

Market Street Grill

Market Street Oyster Bar

Martine

Metropolitan

Naked Fish Japanese Bistro

New Yorker

Poplar Street Pub

Red Rock Brewing Company

Squatters Pub Brewery

Tin Angel Café

Vienna Bistro

For more information, visit www.dineoround.com. Presented by the Downtown Alliance, the Salt Lake Chamber and American Express.