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WHO: Hall of Fame NFL Coach Don Shula
WHAT: Grand Opening of Embassy Suites – Salt Lake/West Valley City & Shula’s 347
WHEN: Tuesday February 12, 2013. 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Embassy Suites Salt Lake/West Valley City - 3524 South Market Street, West Valley City, UT, 84119
Request One-on-One with Coach Shula:Marcia Foote-Panuzio
GRAND OPENINGS: EMBASSY SUITES- SALT LAKE/WEST VALLEY CITY & SHULA’S 347 GRILL
Hall of Fame NFL Coach to open casual restaurant in new 162-suite property.
West Valley City, UT (February 6, 2013) – A new 162-room Embassy Suites has been completed near the intersection of 3500 West and 2700 South in West Valley City. Construction began in 2011 and the Grand Opening of the $33 million project will be on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM. To celebrate the opening, Hall of Fame NFL Coach Don Shula will be in attendance at his namesake restaurant concept, Shula’s 347 Grill, which also celebrates its grand opening on the same day.
The Embassy Suites Salt Lake/West Valley City is located near the Valley Fair Mall and is the cornerstone of a $500 million Fairbourne Station redevelopment project being put on by West Valley City. “We are very excited to be a part of this huge development project and equally as excited to have been able to bring back a top name Steakhouse, such as Shula’s 347 Grill” says Jim Burkett, General Manager of the Embassy Suites Salt Lake/West Valley City. In addition Burkett mentions that this will be the first Embassy Suites Hotel to have one of the Shula’s Concepts in it.
Currently the only Embassy Suites Hotel in Utah, the property will employ a staff of 80, with an additional 35 at Shula’s 347 Grill. Each hotel room is a two-room suite whose guests will have access to an indoor saline pool and a manager’s reception each evening. A cooked to order breakfast is one of the pillars of the Embassy Suites brand, which will be available to guests at this location.
Shula’s 347 Grill will have the capacity to accommodate 70 patrons in the dining room, 39 in the outdoor patio area and another 28 patrons at the bar. The restaurant can also cater to private groups of up to 40 guests. “We are happy to have the opportunity to be a part of the rebirth of West Valley City by opening our Shula’s 347 Grill,” said Dave Shula, President of Shula’s Steak Houses, LLLP. “We are also proud to be a part of the new Embassy Suites prototype in Salt Lake/West Valley City.”
As is the tradition at all Shula's Steak House openings, there will be a silent auction with all proceeds going to a local charity. Shriner's Hospitals for Children is the beneficiary of the auction on Tuesday, February 12.
“We are excited to bring our winning tradition to this new growing market in Salt Lake/West Valley City, UT,” says Hall of Fame Football Coach Don Shula, the winningest Coach in NFL history. Coach Shula will be in attendance on Tuesday for the Grand Opening event.
About Embassy Suites – Salt Lake/West Valley City:
162-suite hotel, built for a cost of $33 million, will celebrate a grand opening in February 2013. The hotel is owned by West Valley Lodging Initiatives, LLC and is currently their only hotel property. Renascent Hospitality, who has owned and managed several national hotel brands, will manage this property, with plans to employ 80 people. The hotel includes 7,500 sq feet of meeting space for corporate functions and also features an indoor saline pool. This is Utah’s first Embassy Suites.
3524 South Market Street, West Valley City, Utah, 84119
Don Shula Bio:
Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history with 347 career victories. His five-decade career as a player and coach includes six Super Bowl appearances with titles in 1972 and 1973. The Miami Dolphins undefeated season in 1972 is a feat yet to be repeated in the NFL. Shula brought his winning tradition, integrity, quality and expectation from the field to the restaurant when he opened Shula’s Steak House in Miami Lakes in 1989.
About Shula’s 347 Grill:Shula’s Restaurants Concepts includes 36 restaurants in 15 states. Shula's 347 Grill features a wide range of menu items from gourmet salads to fresh specialty fish and exclusively serves Premium Black Angus Beef burgers as well as The Best Beef Money Can Buy, The SHULA CUT®. The atmosphere is chic and full of energy and the design features photos, which highlight local sports stars and legends as well as the landmarks of Salt Lake City.
Shula Steak Houses, LLLP has six restaurant concepts nationwide including Shula Burger (a quality, fast-casual burger concept), Shula’s Bar & Grill (exclusively in airport locations) Shula’s 2 (upscale sports restaurant), Shula’s on the Beach (beach location concept with emphasis on steaks and seafood), Shula’s 347 Grill (serving Shula’s custom cuts in a less formal atmosphere), and Shula’s Steak House (fine dining, steak house with white table clothes).