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The Crux and A Tavola Open Downtown

And Peaceful Belly needs help completing a barn


The wait is finally over for Stumptown-o-philes. The Crux coffee shop officially opened its doors on Jan. 13. The coffee joint is serving up Stumptown drip, espresso drinks and selling the popular Portland, Ore., brew in bean form as well.

The simple, open space is flooded with natural light from the large front windows and features a smattering of wood tables along with some limited bar seating.

Manager Shea Cooper said The Crux plans to stay open until 2 a.m. on weekends, slinging microbrews like Black Butte Porter and Odell's 90 Shilling Ale. The doors will open at 6 a.m. daily. The space will also be a live-music venue, with Salt Lake City's Max Pain and the Groovies slated to play on Monday, Jan. 30.

And in other downtown opening news, Lisa Peterson's new venture, A Tavola, is prepping to debut in the old Donnie Mac's location on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m.

"We are a cafe/gourmet marketplace/deli, so we have a bakery and espresso and we have prepared foods," Peterson explained. "Fresh daily, we have 20-30 rotating items that we make. We have imported cheeses and charcuterie. We will have beer and wine, which we do not have a license for yet."

In addition, Peterson explained that A Tavola will also offer retail items, including gourmet specialty foods, along with a culinary library for people to enjoy while they're dining. The cafe will be open from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, except Sundays, with hours changing in the summer.

Moving from the table to the field, Peaceful Belly Farms recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete a large barn that will house "a seed-to-plate, urban-agriculture educational center."

The barn project was already one-quarter finished when a recent storm blew off part of the roof of the building. The space currently houses the 70-acre urban farm's wash station, kitchen, office and seed-and-tool storage. The remaining additions will include a middle section for food storage and an educational classroom space. More than $11,360 of the $25,000 goal has been raised as of press time.

Peaceful Belly owners Clay and Josie Erskine hope that the barn will become "the hub from which all the wonderful food, classes, workshops and dinners pour."