Putting others first, even when your own business is in the extremities – it’s all part of Utah’s Beehive Mentality.  Lavanya Mahate moved to Utah from India 19 years ago.  After helping women build small businesses, she determined to start her own, and today is one of Utah’s most prominent restauranteurs.  But Saffron Valley is more than just five restaurants, it’s family – and Lavanya cares deeply about serving our community.

“If we can’t take care of others, nothing else matters.  When restaurant dining was closed to contain COVID-19 we felt the need to serve.  We launched a program called ‘Keep Calm and Curry On’ to give free meals to essential service providers who still have to show up each day and care for others.  Last week we thanked healthcare professionals by giving away one thousand meals.  This week we’re feeding grocery store employees and delivery drivers.  Focusing on others brings blessings you can find in no other way.  One grateful woman shared that we provided her first meal in a week that wasn’t hospital cereal,” said Lavanya.

We can all do our part by supporting the heroic business leaders who support us.  Lavanya and Saffron Valley Restaurants are open for delivery and curbside pickup in South Jordan, Sugar House, the Avenues, and Riverton.  Please visit them at saffronvalley.com.  I’m Derek Miller, president CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, and this is “Speaking on Business.”


Saffron Valley Colonial (Downtown SLC)
26 E Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Saffron Valley Canteen (South Jordan)
1098 W South Jordan Pkwy Suite #102
South Jordan, UT 84095

Saffron Valley Bistro (Sugar House)
479 E 2100 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Saffron Circle (Riverton)
4594 W. Partridgehill Lane #140
Riverton, UT 84096