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'Modern Family' actor buys Park City restaurant

The Eating Establishment in Park City has been purchased by a group of extended family members, the most famous of whom is actor and Utah resident Ty Burrell — best known as the goofy dad on "Modern Family."

The Salt Lake City-based Edison Alley Group, which also owns and operates Bar-X and Beer Bar, will take over The Eating Establishment on April 29. Located on Main Street — across from the Egyptian Theatre — the restaurant was opened in 1972 by Rick Anderson and is "the oldest full-service restaurant in Park City," according to its website.

The restaurant will remain a breakfast, lunch and dinner spot, but will add the Bar X and Beer Bar brands to the drink menu. "This is a local institution, which will remain under local ownership," Burrell said in a written announcement. "We hope to maintain the name and spirit of the original."

The rest of the Edison Alley team includes Burrell's brother, Duncan, and his two brothers-in-law, Jeff Barnard and Richard Noel. (Duncan Burrell and Barnard are married to Noel's sisters.)

Barnard has personal and business ties to Park City, including owning a women's clothing store and an art gallery. "Park City has been dear to my heart since I rode my bike in the 4th of July parade when I was a kid," he said. "This will be my fifth business on Main Street, going back to the late 1980s, and I'm thrilled to be a part of the Eating Establishment tradition."

The Eating Establishment • 317 Main St., Park City; 435-649-8284 or Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Student-run restaurant to close in June

The Savory Palate, the student-run restaurant at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City, will close June 1, chef/instructor Ramzy Asmar announced recently. Diners have until then to enjoy the multi-course meals prepared by the school's advanced culinary students. The restaurant's demise comes after the 15 Art Institutes nationwide, including the campus in Draper, stopped accepting new students in degree programs. The decision to cut off enrollment came after the Department of Education's new "gainful employment" rules went into effect last July. Under the new policy, federal student aid funding will not be given to schools where students are allowed to take giant loans for degrees that, after graduation, don't offer enough earning potential to repay the debt.

Where • The Savory Palate at the Art Institute of Salt Lake City, 121 W. Election Road, Draper

Open • Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. through June 1. Closed May 31 for Memorial Day.

Cost • $17.95 per person for a multi-course meal.

Details • Reservation suggested; walk-ins seated based on availability. Call 801-601-4769, leave a message and someone will call back and confirm dates and times. Cash and credit cards are accepted, no checks.

Beer, Blues and Brats party helps fight poverty

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Crossroads Urban Center during its Beers, Blues and Brats party. In its sixth year, the fundraiser offers food, beer, live music and a silent auction. Proceeds help pay for Crossroad's food pantry, thrift store and other poverty-fighting programs.

When • Sunday, April 17, 2 to 5 p.m.

Where • Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 S. 1700 East, Salt Lake City

Cost • $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Available at Crossroads Urban Center, 347 S. 400 East; by phone 801-364-7765 or through Eventbrite.