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New beer tavern in works for Salt Lake City's 9th and 9th neighborhood

Published March 4, 2014 10:57 am

Liberty Tap Room • Project a sibling to Pago and Finca restaurants.
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Scott Evans, owner of Pago and Finca restaurants, is proposing a new culinary project in the 9th & 9th area of Salt Lake City — a neighborhood bar.

The Liberty Tap Room, 850 E. 900 South, would have a small tavern where guests can enjoy a beer without ordering food, but also a dining area where Chef Phelix Gardner will offer classic pub fare using local and seasonal ingredients.

Evans has applied for a beer-only tavern license with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control — which is easier to get than a club license.

Evans, who said there are no bars or clubs in the area, hopes to open for business in late April or May.

As he did with Pago, Evans plans to keep the charm of the historic 1920s building by using reclaimed materials for the bar tops and seating.

"It will be a nice place," he said. "A good neighborhood watering hole."