Monday, January 30, 2023

Pago Restaurant Group Opens Birdhouse, A Gourmet Chicken Eatery

Birdhouse - pIri piri chicken
Birdhouse – pIri piri chicken

Pago Restaurant Group announces its newest restaurant, Birdhouse, a chef-driven fine casual restaurant focused on chicken.  Birdhouse uses high-quality Mary’s Chicken, which are free-range, fed an all-vegetable diet, and hormone and antibiotic free, plus locally made bread from Stone Ground Bakery, and other locally sourced ingredients to produce bright and clean flavors across a range of dishes.  

The menu is inspired by a broad range of cuisines with creative takes on chicken sandwiches, salads and meals, plus soft serve ice cream for dessert.   From a four-piece chicken meal with mashed potatoes and gravy to a classic fried chicken sandwich with crisp lettuce, tomatoes & pickles to a grilled chicken soba noodle salad, the menu provides for a broad range of palettes, including the younger ones.  The house specialty is the Piri Piri Chicken Sandwich (choice of fried or grilled) drenched in a Portugese/South African piri piri hot sauce.  The unique sauce is made from slow-stewed chili peppers and fresh lemon juice, which combines for a lighter, warmer and more flavorful spiciness than the typical vinegar-based hot sauce.  

Birdhouse interior
Birdhouse interior

On the drink side, Founder and President (and sommelier) Scott Evans created a thoughtful and fun beverage menu with a curated selection of craft and local beer and cider, wine and spritzers, and bottles of bubbly – a surprisingly perfect pairing that cuts through the richness of fried chicken.

Evans explains “There is growing demand for chef-driven menus and high-quality sourcing in an affordable, casual format. After launching 6 full-service dining establishments, I was excited to create our first fine-casual restaurant centered around quality ingredients and a curated beverage program.”

Birdhouse is located in the vibrant 9th and 9th neighborhood of Salt Lake City, next door to sister-restaurant/bar East Liberty Tap House, with a fun, casual atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Serving both lunch and dinner, Birdhouse is open 7 days a week from 11am to 9pm. 

To celebrate the opening, Birdhouse is hosting a “block party” event open to the public on Saturday, December 14th from 11am to 5pm.  The event will have free chicken samples, free ice cream cones, and other fun giveaways.  

Press Release
Press Release
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