Chris Hase opened the Midvale Mining Cafe & Catering on May 30, 1985. The restaurant, located at 390 W. 7200 South was open seven days a week for nearly 35 years until the coronavirus pandemic brought operations to a halt.
On March 16, Gov. Gary Herbert ordered restaurants to suspend dine-in service to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Midvale Mining Cafe tried take-out only starting the next day, but lasted only four weeks. Sales were down 83% and it didn’t make business sense to stay open.
“When I closed it down I had tears in my eyes,” Hase said. “I didn’t know what to do. It was emotional.”
Hase grew up in Midvale and has served on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake for decades. He has received many local tokens of recognition, including the Midvale Arts Council Hall of Honors. Read more…