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Pups, Burgers & Books

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Pups, Burgers & Books
On Saturday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Midvale’s Wasatch Moon Cafe (7962 S. State, 801-561-0608, WasatchMoonCafe.com) will team up with the Humane Society of Utah and the Tyler Library for Pups, Burgers & Books. You can bring the family, enjoy a burger or some ice cream, and listen to a story or do a craft while you fall in love with a wonderful pet to adopt from the Humane Society. Maybe you’ll find a blue heeler to take home while enjoying a Blue Moon Burger. Wasatch Moon Cafe specializes in American comfort cuisine such as burgers and sandwiches, barbecue, Southwest favorites and ice cream.

Rye Not?
According to Urban Lounge co-owner Chris Wright, “There’s three things that bands ask me the minute they unload: ‘Where can I find good food, coffee and a beer?’ ” Well, problem solved: Wright and his partners Lance Saunders and Will Sartain have opened Rye (239 S. 500 East, 801-364-4655, RyeSLC.com) right next to The Urban Lounge, in the space that was previously home to Al Forno’s. Part coffee shop, part cafe and part bar, Rye is open from early morning to late night, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The cuisine, from Chef Tommy Nguyen (formerly of Takashi), has Asian-fusion leanings, with menu items ranging from vegan hash, buttermilk pancakes and hangar steak for breakfast to pork-belly tacos, shoyu-fried chicken and street dumplings at night. Beer, cocktails, wine and Charming Beard coffee are also available.

Bird Brews
Snowbird’s sixth-annual Brewfest & Father’s Day Barbecue will be held June 14 & 15 at the Plaza Deck and Snowbird Center (Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Snowbird, 801-933-2222, Snowbird.com). The brewfest will feature 16 breweries, both local and from out of state, with a special Father’s Day barbecue on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission to Brewfest is free; the barbecue is $24.95 for adults and $15.95 for kids ages 6 to 12. Live music from the Legendary Porch Pounders, Harry Lee & the Back Alley Blues Band and others will also be featured.

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