Looking for a new place to eat or drink in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival — or after all the Hollywood types have gone home?
Here’s a guide to four new spots that’s as easy as A, B, C — and D — to remember.
A for Alpine Pie Bar. Alpine Distilling is located in Park City’s Silver Creek development. It launched this new speak-easy bar, micro-distillery and retail space as a way to showcase its award-winning spirits to the crowds on Main Street. As the name suggests, customers can enjoy a slice of locally made pie by Auntie Em’s baked goods along with the whiskey and gin cocktails. Founder and distiller Robert Sergent says the combination of pies and cocktails makes “a surprisingly good pairing, especially when they include complementary seasonal ingredients.” The underground space — for those 21 and older — also offers a Gin Experience, where guests make their own custom gin and get a lesson in distilling history.
Alpine Pie Bar • 350 Main St., lower level, (435) 200-9537 or alpinedistilling.com. Open daily from 3 to 10 p.m. (The bar will be closed Jan. 23-26 for private Sundance parties but will reopen to the public on Monday, Jan. 27.)
B for Baan Thai Cuisine. Located in the Marriott Summit Watch plaza, this new Thai restaurant offers all the favorites from massaman curry to drunken noodles and pad thai. One of the four co-owners, Maneerut “Fon” Chitratonn, said the partners have previously worked in the restaurant business and two are the co-owners of Thai So Good at Park City’s Kimball Junction. The kitchen, she said, uses fresh meats, seafood, vegetables and herbs. Part of the bright, modern decor is the live, green plants on one wall that spell the word BAAN — which roughly translated means house.
Bann Thai Cuisine • 710 Main St., Park City; (435) 604-0243 or facebook.com/BaanThaiPC. Open Sunday-Thursday, noon to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.
C for Courchevel Bistro. A taste of the European countryside can be found inside this restaurant named for Park City’s sister city in the French Alps and located in the historic Coal & Lumber Building on the corner of Main Street and Heber Avenue. Executive chef Clement Gelas — who has lived in Park City since 2005 and served as executive chef at Wahso, Waldorf Astoria and Talisker on Main — shares the culinary influences of his native France and the Rhône Valley, including braised beef, lamb roulade, steak frites and cheese raclette. Adjacent to the bistro is a bakery and cafe with pastries made by chef Franck Peissel, formerly of Franck’s Restaurant in Holladay. The space transforms into a dessert destination in the evening.
Courchevel Bistro • 201 Heber Ave., Park City, (435) 572-4398 or courchevelbistro.com. Cafe and bakery, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; bistro, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
D for St. Regis Deer Valley. This luxury resort is undergoing a $42 million expansion and renovation. RIME is the property’s new dining centerpiece — replacing the J&G Grill. The surf and turf menu, by chef Matthew Harris, includes seafood (selections arrive daily from Maine, Boston and Nantucket) and meats, including wild game (such as elk from Utah). This is Harris’ second go-round at the St. Regis. He was the chef de cuisine of J&G Grill when it opened 10 years ago. He left to work as the executive chef at the Nantucket Yacht Club and returned in 2016 to open tupelo. RIME — a spinoff of Deer Valley’s RIME Raw Bar — is one of four new dining options at the resort, including the St. Regis Bar & Lounge; the French-inspired Brasserie 7452; and the casual grab-and-go Terrace Café, which also offers an après-ski caviar bar. Fun fact: Rime is the frost formed on cold objects by the rapid freezing of water in cloud or fog.
RIME • 2300 Deer Valley Drive East, Park City, srdvdining.com. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.