August rundown: New food hall, more hotels and rentals on Redwood


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Between a new bouldering gym facility that opens at 7 a.m. and a new bar that closes at 1 a.m. (on weekends), the Granary District is now an 18-hour neighborhood. And there’s a lot more going on. 

More projects are being pitched and breaking ground on a near weekly basis. And local vendors are rushing to meet the incoming demand.

The latest is a food hall and full service bar on 700 South. Those join Slackwater Pizzeria & Pub, which recently opened next to the Industry office campus at 684 S. 500 W.

Those are just some of the updates underway in the capital city, which is still undergoing a hotel, apartment and office boom. Developers continue pitching new projects despite a possible upcoming recession, and others previously proposed are underway.

Here are a few updates to start off August, starting with more details on the new food hall.

Woodbine Food Hall opens in the Granary

The Granary District is generally the area north of 800 South, south of 600 South and between 300 West and 600 West.

Many of the industrial warehouses in the area have already been purchased by developers who are capitalizing on generous federal tax advantages and catalytic projects like the Industry building.

It’s safe to say the area is now a destination for Salt Lake City, with a climbing gym, outdoor retail outlets, multiple breweries, and now the Woodbine food hall at 535 W. 700 S.

Woodbine started opening last month and hosts 3 Cups coffee, Mozz Pizza and Dead Pan sandwiches. A taco restaurant will open this week. The owner of Tosh’s Ramen is opening another restaurant under a different name in the coming months. 

The food space, which has a restaurant license and can serve beer, is a sprawling, open area with tables between the flanking restaurants. It sits behind the Woodbine bar, which has already opened and fronts 700 South. Consumers can get a drink or food and have them at ground level or on the second story patio.

The food hall opens to a pavilion with space for more seating and a lot for food trucks. There is ample space around the building for lawn games and even more seating. A fair amount of bike parking is out front.

The new space replaced the Rico brand of Mexican food, which included Frida Bistro and tequila. (The Rico warehouse has relocated to the Folsom Trail, at 945 W. Folsom Ave.)

The vendors will serve the thousands of people who will call the Granary District home in the coming years. 

Rentals on Redwood

Garbett Homes is joining the rental housing boom with a new project on Redwood Road in Poplar Grove.

The rental townhome project would replace La Cabaña, a bar and restaurant, at 538 S. Redwood Road.

The townhomes will be one- and two-bedrooms each, 96 units in all. The homes will be built in a collection of fourplexes, sixplexes, and seven- and eight-unit buildings.

The 46 one-bedroom options will have a one-car garage. The 52 two-bedroom townhomes will have a two-car attached garage. An additional 30 surface parking stalls will be added for visitors for 180 parking stalls in total.

Garbett didn’t respond to a request for comment on whether this is a departure for the developer, which primarily focuses on for-sale residential projects. While it is seeing a residential housing boom, the vast majority of new homes being added to Salt Lake City are rentals.

Garbett will stick with its trend of energy efficiency, making a rental community that’s all-electric. The homes will be pre-wired for solar, though it’s not clear why renters would add rooftop solar to their temporary homes. The homes will have R60 thermal insulation in the ceilings and thick wall insulation to keep them weatherproof in the hot and cold.

Hyatt opens in October

The biggest hotel development amid an ongoing hospitality boom in the capital city is taking reservations.

The Hyatt Regency, also known as the Convention Center Hotel, is nearing completion at 170 S. West Temple.

The 26-story, 700-room high-rise hotel joins some of the tallest buildings on the city’s skyline. It adds 60,000 square feet of convention space, in addition to the 724,000 square feet of convention space, meeting space and rooms in the adjoining Salt Palace.

It has been under construction since January 2020, and is heralded as a way to attract more events into the heart of the city.

Its completion comes as Salt Lake City tries to attract the Olympics in 2030 or 2034, and with the return of the Outdoor Retailer trade show this January.

Hyatt is accepting reservations starting Oct. 17. As of Thursday night, nightly rates weren’t listed for the hotel.

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Posted by Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.