It has been four months since business partners Teri Ellsworth and Spiros Makris opened Sostanza, an American fine-dining restaurant inside two remodeled turn-of-the-century brick buildings at 29 S. Main Street in downtown Tooele.
While the restaurant originally opened solely for dinner, a month ago the duo turned their attention to a new challenge: serving lunch.
“We had a lot of professional people that work in the downtown area asking us to open for lunch,” Ellsworth said. “They wanted an option nearby their offices to eat lunch at a place that wasn’t fast food.”
Ellsworth said several lunch groups have discovered Sostanza, and while work is progressing on a private dining room to satisfy that need, an official opening date is not certain. In the meantime the groups have been in the main dining room.
The lunch menu features a variety of sandwiches, pastas, soups and salads, all prepared fresh on site. Prices on the menu range from $5 to $10.
Lunch, so far, has met expectations and been successful, according to Ellsworth. Dinner also continues to grow, she added, and the restaurant has seen a steady increase in customers since opening. Initially, Sostanza requested that people make reservations so they could make sure they were prepared for the opening crowd. Walk-ins are now welcome and are usually seated very quickly, but reservations are still accepted, according to Ellsworth.
“We have had many customers stop and thank us for giving them a fine-dining choice in Tooele,” Ellsworth said.
It has been a lot of work, but Ellsworth said she would do it again.
“The city was extremely helpful in helping us throughout the remodeling process,” Ellsworth said. “We would not have opened without their support.”
The original menu remains very much the same as when Sostanza first opened with the exception of some seasonal changes, such as the broasted short rib that was taken off the menu for the summer, Ellsworth said.
“It was a little heavy for the summer,” she said. “We may add it back on as we prepare our menu for the fall.” In an effort to provide more variety, Sostanza will begin offering some specials this fall revolving around a comfort food theme.
Ellsworth said one special on the menu will be a “killer macaroni and cheese,” along with other traditional food like fried chicken and ribs, all at special prices.
“We are just excited to be here and loving downtown,” Ellsworth said.