Friday, January 29, 2010

Visiting the Family History Library? Dine at the JSMB

Starting Monday, you’ll have to use a new ramp to enter the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (JSMB) parking garage. More on that later. Right now, I’m hungry.

Construction of the City Creek project has severely limited dining choices for Family History Library (FHL) visitors. Several choices not too far from the FHL are the restaurants in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building:

The Roof Restaurant The Roof Restaurant is Utah's premier gourmet buffet. With a selection of international and domestic cusine [I think they meant cuisine] prepared daily by our head chef, and an inspiring view of Temple Square that can't be beat. Open nightly for dinner. [Located in the northwest corner of the 10th floor of the JSMB. This is the most expensive “cusine” in Salt Lake City.]


The Garden Restaurant The Garden Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with American cuisine that includes pasta, gourmet salads, hambugers [I hope they meant hamburgers], and our chef's special entrees. The casual garden atmosphere and affordable pricing [as opposed to the Roof] make it a great dining location for groups or families! [Also on the 10th floor, but in the southwest corner. Avoid sunset and ask for a table with a view of the Temple.]


The Nauvoo Cafe The Nauvoo Café is a downtown Salt Lake City, Utah hotspot for hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Known for its famous hot-carved sandwiches and succulent pot pies, The Nauvoo Café is sure to satisfy your taste buds. And the affordable pricing will satisfy your budget. [“Affordable” is true, relative to the other three. Utilizing a cafeteria style line, this place has the fastest service—if the line isn’t too long. First floor of the JSMB, on the west side.] (Source)


The Lion House Pantry Restaurant Enjoy exceptional home-style fare as you dine amidst the history that surrounds you, in Brigham Young’s personal residence, The Lion House, in Downtown Salt Lake City. Offering a selection of entrees that rival the best home cooking, The Pantry Restaurant features authentic recipes that have been passed down through generations. [Located East of the JSMB, go down the alley just past the Church Administration Building. The entrance is towards the back of the building. The home-style cooking is accentuated by the slightest suggestion of the smell in your grandparent’s basement. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing; just how many people can say they’ve eaten in Brigham Young’s root cellar?] (Source)

It’s a good idea to drop by the FamilySearch Center in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and pick up a 10% discount coupon—good at any of these four restaurants.

Important: Parking Entrance Change

Now back to the parking garage changes.

Beginning Monday, 1 February 2010, the old entrance to the JSMB parking garage will close and a new entrance will open. The new entrance ramp will be in the middle of the street, like the entrance to the the Conference Center parking. (They call it an "in-street parking ramp.") To enter the parking garage, you must be going west. The entrance ramp begins at or near the intersection of State Street and South Temple Street.

New entrance to the JSMB parking garageThe Church Administration building backdrops the sign for the new entry ramp

New JSMB parking entry ramp 
A four-wheeler temporarily blocks the new
entry ramp to the parking garage of
the Joseph Smith Memorial Building
(visible on the right).
The old ramp will close permanently.

At the bottom of the ramp, you'll make a right-hand turn to enter the parking garage. (Once the City Creek underground parking is open, a left-hand turn will take you into it.)

When exiting, you'll leave the garage and make a right-hand turn to go up the exit ramp, again heading westbound. The exit ramp surfaces (like a theater vomitorium) towards the intersection of Main Street and South Temple Street.

Parking under the JSMB is limited, and is among the more expensive parking downtown. However, if you eat at one of the aforementioned restaurants, you can get your parking ticket validated.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for all this info. As I was reading, I kept thinking, "Ooohhh, I wan to go there..." On my third time, I figure, I better make a trip to Salt Lake--and soon.


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