New Restaurants - August 2018
Surely set to cause some debate is this new bar and restaurant on Main Street. The name apparently stems from one of SLC’s more notorious madams of times past, and the business really wants to riff on this as a concept – everything from the staff outfits through to dishes such as the curiously named Brothel Burger. Here’s the businesses official blurb about the whole thing:
"Sshhh…Come close! It’s time to let you in on a secret: We’ve found your new favorite hotspot! It’s been hiding underneath the mountains of the rockies and in the heart of downtown salt lake city.
There you’ll find the illuminated entrance to a seedy-looking well kept secret brasserie, an entrance so raw, authentic and unforgiving as to give you no reassurance whatsoever that it’s not exactly what it appears to be. Having ventured inside you’ll find a glass tower cabinet of fine spirits stacked to the endless ceiling.
Assuming that you have a special reservation, you’ll be invited to descend through the back of the restaurant, into a candlelit cave serving hand crafted cocktails and a menu that includes brothel burgers and sabayon brûlée.
It’s a buzzing, sophisticated & upscale den enveloped by battered concrete walls; old reminants of the lady of night clothing; two large, deconstructed old lockers mustering on their last legs; and – most surprisingly of all – other patrons, all of whom have somehow managed to have lost their way down the same two bit street as you."
Salt Lake City Weekly
London Belle Opens on Main Street
Inspired by a seedy character from Utah history, a mysterious little supper club called London Belle (321 S. Main, 801-363-8888, londonbelleslc.com) has opened its doors in downtown Salt Lake. The restaurant takes its name from Dora B. Topham, or Belle London to those who knew her as one of Ogden's most famous madams during the early 1900s. Fully embracing the mystique of this fascinating woman, London Belle's website touts cryptic mentions of special reservations, candlelit caves and brothel burgers. Based on its proximity to The Rest, another downtown restaurant with a speakeasy reputation, London Belle is shaping up to be the kind of spot that whisks patrons off to a different time and place. I, for one, wouldn't mind getting a peek at its selection of tarts.