Pretty Bird expands, a soul-food chain lands in Draper, and more.

A sampling of openings, moves, and closures in Utah’s dining scene, taken from the Utah Eats newsletter.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Spicy Chicken Tenders from Pretty Bird, taken Thursday, August 4, 2022. The Utah-based chain is opening a sixth location, in Midvale.

A gourmet chicken restaurant is expanding to Midvale, a soul-food chain is coming to Draper, and gourmet cinnamon rolls — for those who are done with Utah’s “cookie wars” — are coming to Farmington.

Here are some notable openings, relocations and closings on the Utah food scene this week, taken from the Salt Lake Tribune’s Utah Eats newsletter.


  • Pretty Bird’s Midvale location officially opens this week, for those who were on the edge of their seat about it (many of you, right?). It is located at 7169 Bingham Junction Blvd., suite 103.

  • Nona Ina Italian Restaurant recently opened at 567 S. Valley View Dr., St. George. The restaurant is run by a Sicilian family, using recipes passed down from generation to generation.

  • Celebrity’s Soul Food Bistro (487 E. 12300 South, Draper) opens Thursday, September 8. This is the first location in Utah for this franchise and the first bistro-style location. Opening day includes music, food samples and door prizes.

  • WannaCinn gourmet cinnamon rolls will open a new location at Station Park Mall (140 N. Union Ave., Farmington). The first location in Utah is at Mountain View Village, 4578 W. Partridge Hill Lane, Riverton.

  • Ms. Hewitt’s, a Utah-based gluten-free food company, is opening Crushed Soda, a new soda store and bakery (1661 W. 7000 South, West Jordan). The grand opening is Monday, September 12, from 7-9 p.m., and includes food and drink samples. The entire menu is gluten-free, with a few vegan options, and there will be a store inside the cafe where you can buy Ms. Hewitt’s gluten-free bread, cake and cookie mixes.

  • Sweet Hazel & Co. vegan bakery has moved from 167 W. 4500 South, Murray, to new digs at 282 W. 7200 South, Midvale.

  • Raising Cane’s Fried Chicken is opening its first Layton location at 694 W. Antelope Drive this fall.


  • As reported by Gastronomic SLC, the Fenice Mediterranean Bistro in downtown Salt Lake City has closed due to ongoing staffing issues. The restaurant has also been on hold for several months with its application for a bar license. The owners will continue to operate the Silver Star Cafe in Park City.

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