Salt Lake City to get first 'Food Alley' in 2019

A rendering of Food Alley, scheduled to open in early 2019, will encompass 48,000 square feet located at State Street and 800 South. This $10 million investment into one of Salt Lake City’s Main Street designated commercial districts is expected to bring 700 jobs. (Photo: Salt Lake City Mayor's Office)

(KUTV) - The Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development and Sapa Investment Group are developing the first Food Alley in Utah's Capital City that is scheduled to open in early 2019.

The 48,000-square-feet commercial property is planned for 800 South and State Street to house 17 restaurants on the ground level and space to house businesses from refugee entrepreneurs.

This $10 million investment into one of Salt Lake City’s Main Street designated commercial districts is expected to bring 700 jobs, a press release stated.

“Not only is there a need, but a want for a place like Food Alley,” says Mai Nguyen, CEO of Sapa Investment Group, in the press release. “People need diverse places to eat, a community where they can gather and interact, and Food Alley will be an ideal destination to gather, socialize and enjoy food and arts that people in Utah may not have access to elsewhere.”

An Italian restaurant, sushi bar, ramen shop, beer bar and others are committed to Food Alley. Additionally, Food Alley is primed to bring in traveling chefs from around the country with designated space for them showcase their work for several weeks at a time.

The Nguyen family is credited with bringing Food Alley to fruition. The family opened up the first Pho restaurant in Salt Lake City and now owns five different businesses throughout the Salt Lake Valley.

The family says their successful restaurant background, international research, vision and an innovative business model make a recipe for success for Food Alley, a press release said.

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