SALT LAKE CITY – Following last year’s mostly virtual celebration, The Gateway will grow up on New Years Eve for downtown Salt Lake City’s biggest New Years event, “Last Hurray!”
“The Gateway is one of the best destination resorts there is in Utah,” said Matthew Minichino, vice president of Carver Road Hospitality.
After a completely scaled-down and mostly virtual celebration last year, The Gateway is back in full swing – something people have been craving.
“We think it’s such a big footprint that there are a lot of places people can spread out and still enjoy such a great community vibe, because we all missed it. You know, we are ringing in a new year and we want to have that hope and that joy during this time and we hope you can do it here safely, ”said Jacklynn Briggs, Director of Marketing at The Gateway.
Speaking of cravings, many are enjoying food in a brand new place at The Gateway: Flanker Kitchen and Sporting Club just opened three weeks ago.
Carver Road Hospitality vice president said their social entertainment model for dining is in high demand right now.
“It’s the one thing that’s really been taken away from everyone, and we’re one of the best socializing concepts you can find in all of Salt Lake, so we’ve seen a great response,” Minichino said.
The Flanker Kitchen and Sporting Club is a multi-concept resort with a casual restaurant, three bars, private karaoke and sports simulation rooms, a nightclub, and a lounge bar.
“Given that we’re a year away from so many restrictions, or things you can’t do… we’re actually seeing a huge response. People who want to come back, ”said Minichino.
The performers are especially excited to return to the stage, such as The Rubies lead singer Aubrey Aucleir.
“I definitely forgot that I was a performer, just because I was always sitting in my room, writing music, singing it for nobody, and then, ‘Oh, I can play shows again. ! ‘”, she said.
Downtown Salt Lake City has been celebrating New Years Eve for a decade or so under various names, but it’s the fifth year of “Last Hurray” and a year many are thankful for is a bit more normal.