Tributes poured in across local media this week as local legend Tony Caputo sadly passed away. FOX13, SL Mag, ABC4, KSL amongst others wrote about the life of a man who undeniably changed SLC’s food scene – putting the city in front of a local and international audience.
After leaving Granato’s deli counter in 1996, Caputo founded one of Utah’s culinary institutions – Caputo’s Market & Deli. Caputo’s was (and still is) one of the first places out of town foodies are directed to when asked, “what’s good around here”. In recent years son Matt and wife Yelena extended the offerings of the business, moving from staples like meat and cheese to more nascent gastronomic areas such as fine chocolates and conservas.
Over the years the business has won accolade after accolade, not just locally, but on a national level, punching right up with the best of the best. Caputo’s is one of Utah’s true gems, one that would put a smile on the face of any city in the US with ease. Speaking of the loss, Matt Caputo wrote the following words about Tony:
Just after midnight on March 10th, 2021 my incredible dad, Tony Caputo, passed away. It was quite sudden and we are still reeling, so this is hard to put into words.
The best days of my life were spent working with him in the deli and watching how he would treat each person having lunch. It didn’t matter what color your skin was, if you were the Governor, or a blue collar worker. He made each person feel like an old friend by welcoming them with genuine kindness, respect, and hospitality.
I have so much more to say, but am struggling for words. Our whole family would like to extend our love and gratitude to each of you. Since I was a small boy, I’ve always known the love he showed to everyone would be reciprocated by our community to the whole Caputo family. I’ve never known a more loved person. Thank you all.
Savor The Summit 2021 cancelled
Lastly, news also in this week that the 2021 edition of the popular Savor The Summer event is now formally cancelled. Park City’s biggest culinary bash of the year took 2020 off, and the organizers have decided to furlough once more for 2021. Here’s the full press release on the decision:
Given the continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Park City Area Restaurant Association (PCARA) and its participating members announce their decision to cancel this year’s annual Savor the Summit event that was slated for June. In its place, PCARA will look to launch a “Savor the Summer” campaign, a series of restaurant promotions and the annual Summer Cocktail Contest, to encourage locals and visitors to continue supporting the restaurant community.
“Although canceling this year’s Savor the Summit event was a difficult decision, we want to be sure we don’t undo any positive momentum our restaurants have been experiencing in terms of returning to ‘business as usual,’” said PCARA executive director Ginger Wicks. “We’re excited to offer a variety of ways to help our dining community thrive and guests to show their love all summer long through our Savor the Summer campaign as we continue to approach the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.”
PCARA’s Savor the Summer campaign will be designed to provide a wide range of opportunities for restaurants to showcase the best of their summer menus and outdoor dining options, and for patrons to take advantage of special promotions, offers, and small events. More details on the Savor the Summer campaign will be available at parkcityrestaurants.com in the coming months.
Although the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing challenges are unknown, the Park City restaurant community continues to support Park City patrons with dine-in, delivery and curbside offerings. For a full list of PCARA members and their current menus, visit parkcityrestaurants.com.
Over on the business side of things, there are also several more losses to make note of. As ever the full list of businesses lost to the pandemic can be found here. Do let me know if you’re aware of any I’ve missed.
Cafe VilleBella – February saw the closure of the Ogden based VilleBella – citing pressure form the ongoing C19 pandemic. The closure was reported in more detail over on ABC 4 here.
Galley Grill – This Sugar House Russian restaurant is now closed. No word on the reason for the closure but the spot itself was a tough one that many have failed at cracking over the years.
Jesse Jeans – Another Weber County business halted by Coronavirus, this one with more than two decades under their belts. More on the closure on ABC4.
Noodle Run – This one actually closed last year but escaped my attention at the time. Noodle Run was a fast casual concept by Anny Sooksri – who you might know from Tea Rose Diner, Chabaar, FAV Bistro and the also now close Siam Noodle House at Murray’s IHC hospital. The spot has now re-opened in recent weeks with a new dessert shop from Sooksri.
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