You might remember a run-down eyesore of a building on 900 South, just north of Liberty Park. It sat idle for 32 years without any activity within its walls. For a short time, it housed a business that rented out bicycles and roller-skates to park-goers. Built in 1932, it originally was a gas station.
Enter the two modern-day owners, Salt Lake City locals Ashton Aragon and Max Shrives. They decided it was just the spot for their first venture together, now known as the restaurant Tradition.
When renovations started in December 2016, the floors were dirt and at least a foot lower than they currently are. Aragon and Shrives (who is also the head chef) loved the look of the old brick walls, so what you see today are the 86-year-old original service station walls. In April 2017, they opened for business.
Patrons at Tradition come for the made-from-scratch cuisine and cocktails, and they might find it hard to envision that they’re sitting in the bays where the automobiles were serviced in days gone by. If they didn’t know the building’s history beforehand, they’d never guess it from the renovation.
At the front of Tradition is a 21-and-over area. This is the structure’s oldest section (it’s registered with the Utah State Historical Society), and it’s a pleasure to sit here enjoying an adult beverage or two.
Words by: @neighbour_dave