The 900 South corridor continues to evolve as patrons of Salt Lake City’s second largest park will soon have new dining and shopping options. Two adjacent historic properties, directly north of Liberty Park on 900 South, are slated to become an artisan butcher shop and restaurant.
Construction is underway on new retail space for Beltex Meats, a regular fixture at the Downtown Farmers Market. The owners are converting the 108 year-old home, at 511 E. 900 South, into a butcher shop with outdoor dining.
At the northeast corner of the 500 East and 900 South intersection, construction will soon begin on a restaurant with an outdoor dining area. The parcel was historically a gas station and the original structure will be restored.
While the adjoining parcels are separate projects, they are owned by the same developer and both will include historic restoration in their redevelopment. Recent planning documents show a mid-parcel pedestrian entrance connecting both projects.
The Beltex Meats store will include 1,052 square feet of commercial space, with 143 square feet outdoor dining space.
The restaurant project will consist of 2,120 square feet of commercial space, half of which includes the existing 84 year-old building with a 1,020 square foot rear-addition. There will be 445 square feet of outdoor dining space, with an outdoor waiting area equipped a water feature, fire pit, benches and three-foot raised planters.
Developers plan to convert the grassy front separating the sidewalk from 900 South into 11 diagonal parking spots fronting both properties.
The new projects represent the growing commercial activity west of 900 East and 900 South (9th and 9th). The Nic-Mi mixed-used building at 400 East and 900 South is finished and Manoli’s, a small-plate Greek restaurant, will occupy the ground floor.
City leaders have looked to replicate the success of the 9th and 9th district. The addition of a restaurant and artisan butcher shop at 500 East helps fill in the gaps between 9th and 9th and the emerging commercial corridor a block away at 400 East on 900 South.
The idea of turning 900 South into a destination boulevard and connecting 9th and 9th to 900 West and 900 South has been building momentum. Last summer a group of local business leaders, urban planners and designers presented the City with an unofficial report identifying ways to enhance 900 South. The team identified six key neighborhood commercial nodes along the corridor, including the 500 East and 900 South intersection.