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New Asian Gastropub Nohm strives to settle into its niche in Salt Lake dining during COVID-19


August 04, 2020

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Nohm officially opened its doors to customers off 900 South and a block from West Temple, in the space formerly occupied by Meditrina, several months before Utah even thought about COVID-19.

The new Asian gastropub fills a unique space in Salt Lake City dining. Its focus is on small plates and drinks. The owner and Salt Lake City resident, David Chon, worked at numerous restaurants the past two decades, but wanted to bring more variety and a different take on Japanese or Korean cuisines. 

Nohm 1.jpgNohm is setting itself a part with its Japanese-style charcoal grilling -- skewers pairing well with beers for the post-work crowd looking for a place to hang out, or cold plates with sake or wine. Its dishes feature veggies, like fresh lettuces and mushrooms, from multiple local farmers and take shape in Chicken Katsu or Pan-fried Udon. The menu is full of a variety of textures and flavors that serve as food for the eyes and stomach. 

After just a few months of operating, COVID-19 hit. It was horrible timing. The restaurant shifted and began offering a menu for curbside pickup; the restaurant is committed to a high quality of food it can be proud of, whether to-go or dining in. It found support from its neighborhood and the Salt Lake community, but come summer, it wasn’t enough to survive the pandemic. 

Nohm’s capacity went from 50 to 20, and 11 staff to three. Recommended reservations is one way Nohm is making the best of the current situation; it allows the restaurant to ensure the safety of customers, while also minimizing waste. 

Chon said that the restaurant struggled to get any substantial federal aid the first four months of COVID-19, due to how young the operation was and felt like his applications went to the bottom of the pile.  

Nohm then heard about Salt Lake County’s Small Business Impact Grant (SBIG) from its landlord and applied. Nohm received a full Small Business Impact Grant, with the help and troubleshooting of Michael Herman, a SBIG specialist and David Eccles School of Business Hope Corps student working for Salt Lake County.

“This grant is helping me survive,” Chon said. “It was perfect timing.”

He expects the grant will allow him to stay open through October if the current public health situation remains unchanged. But he still hopes a livelier market is on the horizon. 

“A lot of bars and restaurants worry about health spikes and some still are hesitant to open their door to the public,” Chon said. “At the same time, for a restaurant like ours, we do not have a choice but to be open, hoping that we could, at least, pay the monthly bills and survive until things get better. I do feel, however, a lot more hopeful nowadays knowing that we have a very supportive local community and this grant would allow us to try different ways to bring in more guests to our restaurant.”

Nohm is located at 165 W 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 and is open Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.

If you’re a small business like Nohm and have been impacted negatively by COVID-19, learn more about the Small Business Impact Grant, and apply today at slco.org/covidgrants/.


Salt Lake County expands reach of $40M Small Business Impact Grant program to include all business, COVID-19 aid recipients


July 28, 2020

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SALT LAKE CITY  ̶  Salt Lake County opened its Small Business Impact Grant to businesses closed by COVID-19’s public health orders with the goal of reaching small businesses forgotten in the rush of initial federal relief.
 
Since June 16, Salt Lake County successfully reached out to thousands of eligible business owners and has awarded $2.4 million in grants to 142 businesses across the County, with $2.1 million in grants requested by businesses still under review. Based on documented losses, the average grant award in the first round was $17,000.
 
During Round 1, Salt Lake County found 45% of the businesses that applied were outside the main industries temporarily closed, but still felt the very real effects of COVID-19 and a need for more support. Another large segment of applicants received federal aid from the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), but the loans were not enough to sustain businesses through this extended period of the disease’s spread.
While economic recovery will continue to be a long-term strategic effort, the County is committed to mitigating short-term effects in its collaborative effort to stabilize the economy.
 
In Round 2 of the SBIG Program launching immediately, all business industries are eligible to apply, as well as those who received other federal, state, or local COVID-19 aid. Those who received financial aid through CARES Act funding are eligible if their amount did not exceed $35,000. These changes will allow thousands of more businesses to apply and avoid taking on additional debt.
 
“Listening to business owners in the past month, we learned and assessed additional needs required to prevent our small businesses from closing,” said Salt Lake County’s Regional Development Director Dina Blaes. “After meeting the SBIG’s initial goals, this second round is in response to those developing needs. The County is uniquely positioned to pivot more quickly than federal programs, and we aim to get more money into the economy as fast as we can.”
 
The grant cannot be used for duplication of expenses in the same timeframe. It can be used for losses from March 16 to July 31. Applicants with questions are urged to call the County’s Business Relief Hotline, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., at (385) 468-4011. Extensive FAQs are available online in multiple languages. The application is open and accessible at slco.org/covid-19/.

Invested in environmental issues in Salt Lake County? Give your input in a new survey.


July 22, 2020

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Salt Lake County believes environmental services are a key part of the valley's future. This year, Regional Development is in the early stages of creating an environmental data portal.

The concept is to build a centralized platform to access data covering a wide spectrum of environmental issues. It will be publicly accessible, transparent, visually interesting, and easy to use and understand.

Examples of similar platforms are Salt Lake Health's COVID-19 Data Dashboard and Regional Development's Economic Information Portal.

Below is a simple survey, which will help guide this new project moving forward. As a member of the public, your input will be invaluable as we build out the platform and decide which data sets to highlight.

Take the survey here.

Please forward the survey to anyone in your network whose expertise would add insight to the survey's results. The more responses we receive, the better information we will have to build out the platform and future strategy for environmental services.

Questions? Contact Michael Shea at mshea@slco.org.