Friday, January 15, 2021

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Garage Under Fire


The Garage, probably SLC’s most enchanting bar, with its outside venue romantically lit by refinery glow, is in a fight for its life.

It has to do, as a matter of fact, with that Tesoro Refinery that provides the scenic post-industrial backdrop to your cornhole tournaments.

We heard this Monday from owner Bob McCarthy about Tesoro’s attempts to buy the land the bar occupies and force out the roadhouse:

“Tesoro made a generous offer to our landlord and she did not accept so Tesoro has reclaimed their land and taken our parking away.”

With only 11 parking places on Garage property to offer patrons, McCarthy is working with the city and state to find more space, including designating parallel parking on Beck Avenue or maybe renting the parking lot at the abandoned Warm Springs children’s museum–then shuttling patrons three-quarters of a mile to the Garage.


That the Garage barely survived a three-alarm fire four years only makes it more beloved to us.

“Make no mistake—we are open for business and The Garage will survive!” says McCarthy. “If you can’t burn me out, a little parking dilemma shouldn’t be much to overcome.”

Big Oil’s threat to nightlife as we know it—along with fine spring weather—makes it the perfect time to grab a beer, some Road Kill Chicken and a dose of live music at The Garage.

Ride your bike.

Our Jan/Feb issue is out on stands now! This issue means so much to us. Made with lots of love and tears. We hope you’ll grab a copy and enjoy every moment of reading it. ❤️ ...

Here's one from our upcoming Jan/Feb issue out on stands in just a few days. We hope you’ll grab a copy and enjoy every moment of reading it.⁠

Mary photobombs Lisa Barlow at the premiere party for Real Housewives of Salt Lake. Below is a snippet from Mary's last editor's letter:⁠

"It’s all a little crazy.⁠
Sometime in 2020, the world stopped making sense for a lot of us. Between one of the ugliest election cycles the U.S. has ever been through and the most mysterious disease most of us have ever experienced, normal was canceled. We can’t get together with friends, hug our loved ones, be in the room with them when they die. But somehow we have to go on, right? Somehow we have to continue to work and love and laugh. This issue of Salt Lake magazine holds a lot of frivolity, the main one being an extremely silly TV show, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. There I am in a pink fur coat in a car with our cover housewife, Lisa Barlow and her boys."⁠

Pick up our Jan/Feb issue at your local grocer and read the full letter. ❤️

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We love you so much, Salt Lake ❤️⁠

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. Be merry, be bright and be good for goodness sake! ✨

Skip the milk and cookies this holiday and leave out something that Santa really wants 🍺😉🎅⁠

Check out our local holiday beer round up for last minute gift ideas! Link in bio!

Mary's last-minute holiday gift ideas from last year are still as true and relevant today...⁠

"The planet we live with and the creatures on it need all kinds of things. Polar bears need presents, tree frogs in the Amazon need gifts, our Utah canyons and our national parks need help."⁠

Check the link in bio for full write up.

There was never a time there wasn’t Mary Malouf. Until now. Today, Mary died when a rogue wave swept her out to sea off the coast of Northern California. Only she – perhaps the world’s foremost lover of Bronte, BBC mysteries and, of course, Moby Dick – would appreciate such poetic drama.

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.” — Mary Brown Malouf. Ooops. Herman Mellville.