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Coachman’s Restaurant Could Return As Part Of New Salt Lake City Condo Project


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This is the “intention,” says the owner. Designs for a new 112-unit State Street resort include space for a renovated version of the popular restaurant.

(Rendered by AE Urbia Architects and Engineers, via Salt Lake City) Render of Coachman Mixed Use, a proposed 112 condominium and retail development project at 1301 S. State Street in Salt Lake City, to replace Coachman’s Dinner & Pancake now closed House and adjoining shops to the south.

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New plans for a 112-unit condominium complex to replace the shuttered Coachman’s Dinner & Pancake House on State Street include enough space for a revived version of the popular restaurant, its owner confirmed on Monday.

But whether that means a return to the famous stacked buns, fried chicken and Greek salads from the vintage Salt Lake City restaurant is unclear, longtime owner Mike Nikols said.

“It was the intention; let’s put it that way, ”Nikols said of Coachman’s reopening at 1301 S. State St., which closed in April. “I can’t say it’s 100%.”

The city agreed to rezone the property earlier this year. As part of a newly formed company called Reality Development, Nikols has since submitted designs for a six-story residential, office and retail project anchored at the southeast corner of State Street and 1300 South and s ‘extending south along State.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Coachman’s Dinner & Pancake House at 1301 S. State St. closed after 60 years to make way for new development. There is a chance it will reopen.

News that Coachman’s was shutting down to make way for a redevelopment – a farewell from the restaurant’s iconic sign on State Street – sparked a wave of support from longtime patrons, filling the cozy restaurant with customers remembering his last days.

But as quickly as Utah’s capital is growing now, Nikols said, once the 60-year-old restaurant and an adjacent two-story office building are demolished and the new residential complex built, “it will take a year. and a half or less People’s lives change and you never know what’s going to happen.

Coachman Mixed Use, as the new condo project has been dubbed, will offer cheaper one and two bedroom condos for sale with structured parking as well as retail space on the ground floor and office space on the second floor. in this prominent corner, according to the plans deposited at the town hall.

It’s part of an ongoing construction boom across the city, including an increase in residential construction often replacing older commercial structures.

Coachman’s owner said the condo project was “not motivated by money” and was aimed at providing an “affordable homeownership option for people who are just starting out in life.”

He also hopes the approach will foster additional long-term investment in the surrounding neighborhood along State Street, which is being targeted by city officials for redevelopment.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Coachman’s Dinner & Pancake House at 1301 S. State St. closed after 60 years to make way for new development. There is a chance in May to reopen.

“It could be very positive and a way to create something for the community,” Nikols said. “I’m not looking to make a fortune with these places. I just want to make a profit and help people too.

“It’s going to be neat,” he added.

His plans also point to a large corner space on the ground floor, where the old restaurant is located, for a new “Coachman restaurant”. There is also talk, Nikols said, of salvaging and reusing the iconic angled lamp sign, designed by Nikols’ father, longtime restaurateur John Nikols, and which remains a familiar landmark in the neighborhood.

Discussions with historical curators raised the possibility of cutting the panel into pieces and incorporating them into the new construction.

“We’ll see if it can be done,” Nikols said.

Salt Lake City Council unanimously accepted its request to zoning the 1.77 acres under Coachman’s offices and adjacent to it in March, shifting from one commercial use to one more conducive to mixing land uses and buildings over four storeys.

Nikols asked to treat the project as a planned development, which, if approved, would give him more leeway to make the project compatible with neighboring properties, he said. Its latest designs also require approval from city planners as the building’s facade along State Street appears to extend beyond a 200-foot city limit.

The city’s redevelopment agency, meanwhile, has created a new project area covering portions of land on either side of State Street between 300 South and 2100 South – an initiative designed to attract additional development to aid. tax incentives and other financial tools.

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