A Utah vegan restaurant is closing temporarily, as the business takes a ‘different direction’

The owner of Seasons Plant Based Kitchen plans to focus more on packaged foods, according to a social media post.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) The tofu piccata at Seasons Plant Based Bistro, taken in 2018. The vegan restaurant in Salt Lake City's Central Ninth neighborhood announced May 21, 2024, on Facebook that it was closing temporarily, as the owners take the business in a "different direction."

Seasons Plant Based Kitchen, a vegan restaurant in Salt Lake City, is closing temporarily while the business takes a “different direction,” according to a Facebook post.

The restaurant at 916 S. Jefferson St. in Salt Lake City’s Central Ninth neighborhood has been going through a lot of changes in the past few months, according to the post, written Tuesday. And now, the restaurant will be closing so chefs James MacDonald and Omar Lebron can focus more on packaged foods, including their popular cultured vegan cheeses.

“After much back and forth, I feel this is the most sustainable way we can contribute to our community and build longevity for ourselves,” the post declared, which added that COVID-19 had made the restaurant industry a “tornado.”

The post said Seasons plans to reopen its doors “as soon as possible,” but didn’t indicate a specific reopening date. A phone call placed to the restaurant Tuesday to request more information wasn’t answered.

Seasons’ website has been updated to reflect the changes, with information on how to place catering and delivery orders. The business is known for its vegan comfort food, such as pizza, burgers, desserts, pasta and more.

The post ended with thanking the community for its support, and said that Seasons would be appearing at markets and other events. According to the business’s Instagram, Seasons’ vegan cheeses can be purchased locally at Sweet Hazel and Co., The Neighborhood Hive and The Market at Park City.