A favorite Millcreek restaurant is closing: ‘We never recovered after COVID’

Citris Grill has been serving diners on the east side since 2004.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Citris Grill at 3977 Wasatch Blvd. in Salt Lake City, pictured on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, will be permanently closing on March 30, the restaurant's owner announced.

A favorite local restaurant on Salt Lake City’s east side is closing at the end of the month, and fans of the eatery are expressing their disappointment online.

Citris Grill, at 3977 Wasatch Blvd., in the Olympus Hills Shopping Center, will close on March 30, according to owner Michael Crosland.

“We never recovered after COVID,” he told The Salt Lake Tribune. “So our sales never came back to where they were pre-COVID, and that doesn’t match with the economics of what landlords want. We tried.”

Patrons took to social media to share their dismay as well as support for Citris Grill.

“Love Citris Grill and very sad to see it go,” said one commenter. “Definitely one of our favorite restaurants,” said another. “So sad they are closing.”

In response to the comments, Crosland said, “I’m exceptionally sad that we’re closing, but I can’t afford to keep it open forever.”

Crosland and his wife started Citris Grill in 2004, on 3300 South in Millcreek. They moved the restaurant to its current location 10 years ago, where it has served an eclectic menu of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas, burgers and hearty entrees. Each dish came in a “hearty” or “petite” size, depending on the patron’s preference.