SLC says ‘What Covid Recession?’ as Edison House social club breaks ground Downtown

As if you need reminding that Downtown investment and construction is showing no signs of slowing, Edison House social club at 335 South 200 West – around the corner from Valter’s Osteria and Squatter’s Brewpub – held a ceremonial groundbreaking this week. 

The $24 million, three-story, 30,000 sf members-only clubhouse is slated to open in Spring 2022, just 12 months from now.

Edison founders, brothers, and Utah natives Charlie Cardon and George Cardon-Bystry say that they have a waiting list of 1200 aspirants. “We’re working to curate this community of really amazing, interesting, growth-minded people,” Charlie told Utah Business magazine.

Both boys went to university out of state and returned full of enthusiasm for their home town – “Salt Lake City is on the verge of an exciting new time of growth and prosperity,” George states in this week’s news release.

Images courtesy Edison House and Google Earth.

According to the release, the Edison Club will include “high-end dining, a sports lounge and taproom, multiple speak-easy style bars, a private karaoke space, a state-of-the-art workout facility and a rooftop terrace with pool, bar and outdoor movie theater.”

The move to create a new social club seems to follow the recent shift in urban live-work-leisure environments. Gig-economy freelance living increasingly means collapsing the space between home, office, and play space. 

A social club like Edison attempts to satisfy all – “A home away from home,” as the founders put it.

Charlie Cardon told Utah Business, “We anticipate that you could come in at six o’clock in the morning and get a workout in. Then, if you wanted to, you could hang out and send emails, have lunch and have business meetings, and then in the evening, you know, at five o’clock, it’s happy hour so that’s sort of the nightlife side of the business.”

Membership is expected to cost $125 to $200 per month, after initial onboarding fees. Those are unannounced as of yet.

Edison will have to compete with not only employee-friendly company work spaces, but apartments with amenities, health clubs, bars, co-working spaces with amenities, and traditional social clubs in town.

Posted by Luke Garrott

Luke Garrott, PhD, has published in The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and written features for the Salt Lake City Weekly City Guide and The West View. A former two-term councilman in Salt Lake City's District 4, he lives in Downtown Salt Lake City and grew up in the Chicago area.