Post District to continue food and beverage buildout with a new ‘holy’ bar

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Sinners and saints, get ready for Sunday School.

That’s the name of a proposed new bar that would sit on the second floor of a new restaurant space in the Post District just south of Downtown.

Sunday School would be a separate entity above the brunch spot at 505 S. Gale St.

The McHenry Group (TMG), the restaurateurs behind a group of restaurants across the valley, have applied for a conditional use permit to open the new bar above the second location of their brunch spot Sunday’s Best.

TMG previously operated the Asian fusion restaurant Ginger Street on the southwest corner of State Street and 300 South before shuttering that spot during the pandemic.

TMG would operate two distinct entities in one building in the Post District, one that focuses on alcohol with the option for patrons to order food and the other that primarily focuses on brunch.

That framework would help the operators avoid Utah’s arcane liquor laws that restrict the amount of alcohol restaurants can sell before they need to ban families from eating at the establishment.

The new application shows that the Post District is well on its way to becoming a place to be. Somewhat of an island — not quite the Granary District, not quite Downtown and slightly isolated by three state surface highways — the Post now boasts places to live, work, eat, drink and lounge.

The Post District has signed Traeger Grills as a marquee office tenant for the company’s new headquarters.

Level Crossing brewery is already open and serving its beer, booze and wood-fired pizzas. Mensho Ramen is preparing to open in the district, and Urban Sailor Coffee is open and operating.

A rendering included with the conditional use application also shows a wine and cocktail lounge called Melancholy in the Post District.

The Post District is a new neighborhood featuring apartments (right), office and retail. A new bar is proposed above Sunday’s Best.

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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.