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New restaurants will be opening soon on Salt Lake City’s Regent Street — the redeveloped block behind the Eccles Theater.
Fenice Mediterranean Bistro plans to open in a few weeks, at 126 S. Regent, where Fireside on Regent once stood. As the name suggests, it will have Italian and Mediterranean fare as well as wood-fired pizza.
It is the second restaurant for Jeff and Lisa Ward, who also own Park City’s popular Silver Star Cafe.
The Capital Grill, according to the company website, will launch in the winter of 2022 in the former Utah Power & Light building on the corner of 100 South and Regent. It will be the first Utah restaurant for the national steakhouse chain, which has more than five dozen locations in the U.S. and Mexico City.
The building is owned by Taubman Properties, which operates City Creek Center and the mall’s two other national chain restaurants — The Cheesecake Factory and Brio Tuscan Grille.
Fenice and The Capital Grill received full-service liquor licenses from the state last week, which will allow diners to have wine, beer or spirits with their food.
Regent Street, which is located between Main and State streets and 100 and 200 South, was once home to Utah’s daily newspapers and, before that, Salt Lake City’s red-light district.
As part of the Eccles Center construction, the street also underwent a face-lift and was designed to be a pedestrian-friendly way to connect City Creek Center on the north and the Gallivan Center on the south.
While there’s been a rotating list of restaurants on the street, its most popular current eatery is Pretty Bird, a casual restaurant that specializes in Nashville-style hot chicken. Other current occupant include Honest Eatery and FreshFin Poke.