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Food Alley breaks ground
The former Sears site on 800 South and State Street has finally begun its transformation into Food Alley with an official groundbreaking. As reported by City Weekly in February, the development is being spearheaded by Sapa Investments, owner of nearby Sapa Sushi Bar & Grill. Food Alley is looking to add 17 new, locally owned restaurants to the area, with a staunch ban on national chains and franchises. In addition to the alley's main restaurant roster, it'll also have areas for food trucks and smaller niche restaurants. Food Alley will emphasize international cuisine, so we can look forward to Russian, Korean and Afghan restaurants all on the same block by spring of next year.

Seon Korean Barbecue opens
Speaking of Korean food, Salt Lake seems to be experiencing a culinary renaissance when it comes to bulgogi and bibimbap. Recently, Seon Korean Barbecue (423 W. 300 South, Ste. 100, 801-364-0718, seonutah.com) opened its doors in the Pioneer Park area, expanding on the area's diverse dining options. A glance over the menu reveals an all-you-can-eat, grill-it-yourself buffet of sorts, but some of their offerings are a bit more comprehensive—pork jowl and beef tongue, anyone? Buffets are priced at $14.99 for lunch and $19.99 for dinner, which isn't half bad considering the huge variety of meats they're offering.

Mother's Day brunches
With Mother's Day upon us, several local restaurants are offering brunch for that special caregiver you call Mom on Sunday, May 12. Oasis Café (151 S. 500 East, 801-322-0404, oasiscafeslc.com) hosts a brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. that includes maple-glazed salmon and a prime rib carving station; The Gathering Place at Gardner Village (1100 W. 7800 South, Ste. 24, West Jordan, 801-566-0917, gardnervillage.com) offers eggs Benedict and chicken cordon bleu from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; and Snowbasin Resort (3925 E. Snowbasin Road, Huntsville, 801-620-1021, snowbasin.com) offers its own rendition of the brunch buffet, complete with deviled eggs and French toast, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wherever you find yourself this Mother's Day, remember that no matter how much your mom loves brunch, she'll always love you the most.

Quote of the Week: "My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it."

—Buddy Hackett

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