Beehive Tea Room seeing uptick in attendance
Published: January 15, 2013 02:25PM
Updated: January 28, 2012 04:40PM

At the Beehive Tea Room, located at 12 West Broadway in Salt Lake
City, "attendance is up this year," said Lisa Brady, proprietor of
the unique eatery.

The cafe is equidistant from two Sundance screening venues - the
Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts and the Broadway Theatre
- and since officially partnering up with the Sundance Film Festival
a half-dozen years ago, has become a haven for film goers who want a
warm cup of tea in between or before or after films.

This year attendance has increased, Brady said, because of the new stage, which each evening during the festival has
hosted top-notch local artists with their own followings. (Tonight,
on Saturday, Jan. 28, acclaimed local singer-songwriter Kate MacLeod
will perform at 7:30 p.m. inside the cafe.)

The kitchen has been busy preparing favorties, Brady said, including
its signature house tea blend: "Bee Hive Cream & Honey," a black tea
with secret ingredients that Brady won't divulge. Another favorite
has been English "pasties," which are turnovers filled with any
number of different items, including curried vegetables. Brady said
an English director visited the Tea Room several nights ago and
complimented the cafe with its authentic pasties. "If we have
something, we might as well have something authentic," she said.

Also new this year is wine service; until this year, the cafe had
only 3.2 beer service. The location is popular for bridal showers,
Brady said, and toasting with wine is much preferrred to "toasting
with PBR."

-- David Burger