Tin Angel is a Locally Driven, Locally Owned Art and Dining Experience in the Heart of Salt Lake City. Reservations are Always Welcome and Sometimes Necessary. We have Parking in the Lot Behind us and On-Street Parking is Free.
- Tue - Sat 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Farmer's Market Champagne and Bloody Mary Brunch
- Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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About the Tin Angel
Since 2007 Tin Angel has been one of Salt Lake's best loved dining destinations. The Chef/owners have a passion for quality local ingredients, an ecclectic style and a love for Salt Lake City. Jerry Liedtke (Chef), Kestrel Liedtke (Heart) and Robin Kilpatrick (Soul) found an old Pioneer-era home in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake and transformed it into a lively destination for high end cuisine, wines and cocktails. Jerry's dedication to quality, flavor and local ingredients found the perfect home in the Historic Pioneer Park area. With the Salt Lake Downtown Local Farmer's Market right across the street and local purveyors of high quality ingredients like Caputo's and Rimini Coffee a short bike ride away, the trio have built a strong anchor in a growing neighborhood. The charm and style of this upbeat cafe cannot be denied. The city has embraced this trio with open arms: four-time winner of Salt Lake Magazine's Dining Award--including the coveted award for 2015's Top 25 Restaurants-- as well as the 2016 list of Best restaurants --has made them feel very welcome indeed!.
The History of our Name
Our Chef and co-owner Jerry Liedtke Jr. grew up in the bar business. His father, Jerry Sr., owned bars here in Salt Lake in the Sixties and Seventies. The year Jerry Jr. was born his dad opened a quiet little bar on State Street between Third and Fourth South on the East side of the street and named it The Tin Angel. He got the name from a charming tin shack he had visited years before on the docks in San Francisco. (Music history buffs will know that this was a popular spot for musicians in the Thirties, Forties and Fifties.) Jerry Sr.'s Tin Angel in Salt Lake City was opened in 1967. It's a parking lot now, but in its day it was a bustling part of downtown and the foot traffic didn't end when the sun set. Next door was The Copper Kettle and just up the street was Auerbach's, a popular department store.
Jerry Sr. was just starting out and business was slow so when a man approached him about doing a show there on Friday nights he thought he didn't have anything to lose and booked him for the following week. The man arrived to get set up. His hair was piled up in a tall beehive and costume jewels glinted from his ears. In poured a bar full of 1967 Drag Queens with Bitch Sticks, Bouffants and Feather Boas. Jerry Sr. was surprised to find that the planner of the event had neglected to mention that his show was a transgender extravaganza and came with an audience hungry to see the routine. What was a bartender to do? Surrender to the party and The Tin Angel became famous as Salt Lake’s main venue for Cross-Dressing Cabaret. Eventually, the lease ran out, the party died down and The Tin Angel was torn down to make room for parking. Jerry Sr. moved on to other projects. (Some Utahns may remember Jerry’s Brown Bag across the street from the old Tin Angel location).
Jerry Jr. always loved the name of his father’s famous hot spot. Almost forty years later, when he and his wife and their best friend opened a restaurant just a few blocks from his dad's old place, "The Tin Angel" was the only name they ever considered.
We are looking for memorabilia from this era of Salt Lake history. Drop by and tell us your story (preferably in drag). Photos of Jerry Sr.'s Tin Angel, stories from customers or performers, hand bills, etc. can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Tin Angel is proud to have supported dozens of Utah artists during our 9 years. We welcome you to drop by anytime (whether you are hungry for soul food or real food) and enjoy our ever changing art shows. Currently we are displaying a retrospective celebrating 25 years of Fresh Food at the Downtown Salt Lake Farmer's Market across the street at Pioneer Park.
How Local Are We?
Check out below to see the ever growing list of local businesses we are proud to support.
Snowy Mountain Sheep Creamery, Shepherd's Dairy, Creminelli Salami, Winder Farms, Pleasant Creek Ranch, Snake River Farms, Morgan Valley Lamb, Carlucci's Bakery, Rimini Coffee, Tony Caputo's Deli, Western Nut, Granato's Deli,Sunbridge Growers, Ranui Gardens, Zoe Garden, Traces, Cali's Natural Food Market, All of the amazing growers at the Farmer's Market, Wasatch Community Gardens, Slow Food Utah, Clifford Family Farms, Muir Copper Canyon, Valley Game and Gourmet, Aquarius Fish, Squatter's Brewery, Wasatch Beers, Uinta Brewing, Epic Brewing,High West Distillery, Momentum Recycling, Deseret Industries, West Valley Refrigeration, Beehive Credit Union,Zion Printing, Ensign Floral, Western Gardens, Model Linen, Liquor Systems of Utah, Catalyst Magazine, ReDirect Guide, Edible Wasatch, Local First, Slug Mag, KRCL, KUER, Utah FM, Raunch Records, Business Software Solutions.Great Basin Graphics
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The Fabulous Zara Shalbetter
did the background art.