"We chose Salt Lake City because it’s such a social and emerging culinary scene."
Salt Lake City — A game-changing dining, drinking, and entertainment establishment is coming to Salt Lake City this September when Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club (Flanker)opens across from Vivint Arena on the second floor above the Olympic Legacy Plaza at The Gateway. Owned and operated by Las Vegas-headquartered Carver Road Hospitality, the 17,500-square-foot multi-concept complex will feature a restaurant, three bars, 400-square-feet of LED screens, private karaoke and golf simulator rooms, a central sporting club/nightclub, and a cocktail lounge. Flanker will serve adults ages 21 and over.
“We chose Salt Lake City because it’s such a social and emerging culinary scene,” says Sean Christie, CEO of Carver Road Hospitality. “Our goal is to bring a world-class concept to the city where you can have a great meal, the best drinks, exceptional service, and most importantly, a fun time all in one space.”
Designed by award-winning international design studio DesignAgency, the distinctive guest experience begins in the reception area that provides a warm and inviting entry point into the Restaurant. Pulling inspiration from Salt Lake City, the Restaurant will present a color palette inspired by the Utah Jazz and Utah Grizzlies sports teams. The 360-degree bar anchors the main dining area offering a range of seating options with the bar and lounge, high-tops, patio, and traditional restaurant seating. 30 state-of-the-art screens will display sporting events, digital art, and a variety of content. The area is complete with a fireplace, large stage for live music and entertainment, foosball and shuffleboard tables, and other activities to complement the inherently social scene and multi-sensory experience.
Open Monday through Friday nights from 5 p.m. to close and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m., the Restaurant will serve elevated American fare including lobster fritters, smoked brisket nachos, a Black Angus burger, broiled NY Strip and more, all prepared from scratch in the full kitchen. Selections ranging from light and fresh to cheat-day indulgent are sure to please diverse tastes. Flavorful vegan options will be available. A Brunch menu includes shared plates, breakfast favorites and savory lunch items. Milkshake offerings will dare to be different with tempting flavors and playful garnishes. A curated selection of local spirits and crafted beers will also be offered.
The Sporting Club hosts Saturday viewing parties for the biggest college games and sporting events, with full brunch food and beverage offerings. A Sunday brunch party is sure to score extra points for locals and visitors alike with a special menu and game-viewing enhanced with the latest audio and visual technology, live DJs, interactive experiences, and much more. On Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 10 p.m., guests can revel in the social nightclub atmosphere featuring a DJ booth with next-level production capabilities, dance floor, and banquette seating that sits adjacent to the multiple private karaoke and Full Swing golf and sports simulator rooms. The full menu will be available. Programming will include original hosted parties, top DJs, and live music. Restaurant guests will always have access to the Sporting Club’s karaoke and simulator rooms.
Tucked away toward the back is The Parlor. With its leather banquettes and an inviting new bar design, The Parlor will present an elevated craft cocktail and worldwide spirits program created by an icon of cocktail culture and Carver Road Hospitality’s VP of Beverage & Hospitality Culture, Francesco Lafranconi. Open Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday days for the brunch party, guests can shoot pool, play classic parlor games, bowl on the retro-style lanes behind the bar, order from the full menu and enjoy a diverse selection of throwback music in the relaxed cocktail-driven social scene.
“Carver Road Hospitality’s innovative vision for a high-energy, sophisticated dining, bar and state-of-the-art entertainment venue complements The Gateway’s mission to be a community gathering place and lifestyle destination,” says Jenny Cushing, VP of leasing with Vestar. “Flanker’s Vegas-style approach taps into Utah’s sports-loving culture and our growing demand for elevated cuisine and inventive cocktails. It promises to be unlike anything Salt Lake City has seen before.”
With so many unique experiences available within the expansive venue, from dining to drinking, to dancing and entertainment, Flanker is destined to offer something for everybody.