It’s been a busy week at The Gateway in Salt Lake City, as Utah-based Chedda Burger opened its new downtown location on Wednesday at the south end of the dining and entertainment venue.
The gourmet burger eatery is adjacent to Wiseguys Comedy Club, which on Thursday debuted its expanded lounge and dining area. Vestar — which owns The Gateway — also announced on Thursday that Mr. Shabu, an all-you-can eat hot pot restaurant, will open later this year.
The interactive nature of Asian hot pot — or shabu shabu — has made it a popular dining experience in recent years. Guests cook thinly sliced meats and vegetables in bubbling broths at their table, enjoying them with a range of sauces.
“We know Mr. Shabu will be a hit with endless options for customized meals that make it easy for group dining,” said Jacklyn Briggs, marketing director for The Gateway, in a statement. “Located next to the new Sweet Rolled Tacos, it’s the perfect complement to all our new dining options including Chedda Burger, The Lounge by Wiseguys and the soon to be open Food Hall.”
Vestar purchased the lagging shopping center in 2016, and is in the midst of a $100 million renovation. The overhaul includes improved security, a face-lift for common areas and plans for a new boutique hotel built onto the Union Pacific Depot.
Here are a few more details about the new offerings:
Chedda Burger • Chef Nick Watts and his co-owner Ryan Andrus closed the 600 South store to open this new downtown location, at 190 S. 400 West. Launched in 2012 as a food truck, Chedda Burger specializes in unique burger offerings such as The Green Mile, topped with bacon and mac ‘n’ cheese. It has two other brick-and-mortar stores, on Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City and in Lehi.
The Lounge at Wiseguys • This space, for those age 21 and older, opens daily at 5 p.m. and features oversized couches, bar stools, flat-screen TVs, a stage and comedy memorabilia. Guests can eat, drink, watch a game or hang out before and after comedy shows. The Lounge also will host live entertainment shows while the main stage at Wiseguys will continue to bring in national headlining comics every week.
Mr. Shabu • The owner of this new concept restaurant, at 159 S. Rio Grande St., has 18 years of experience in the meat supply business, The Gateway said in a news release. With that extensive knowledge, guests can expect a selection of premium meats and specialty broths for their hot pot meals, including kombu, tonkatsu, sukiyaki, miso and vegetarian.
Sweet Rolled Tacos • Expected to open soon, it will serve hand-rolled ice cream in colorful, taco-shaped waffle cones. Located next to the Megaplex Theatres, it will be the first Utah location for the California-based company.
Seabird Bar & Vinyl Room • This intimate cocktail lounge — with vinyl records providing both wall decor and background music — opened in April next to its sister concept, La Barba Coffee, at the north end of The Gateway.