NEWS: Historic Rio Grande Cafe, State Agencies Remain Open To Public (SLC)

Contact: Josh Loftin 
Utah Department of Heritage & Arts 

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Historic Cafe, State Agencies Remain Open To Public in Rio Grande District


SALT LAKE CITY — The Rio Grande Depot will remain open to the public throughout the ongoing law enforcement operation. This includes all businesses and state agencies housed within the depot building, as well as special events.

Among those operating in the historic train station at 300 S. Rio Grande St. is the Rio Grande Cafe, which is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. State agencies in the Depot include the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, Utah Division of State History, Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs, UServeUtah, and the Utah State Archives.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums has an office and manages the Rio Gallery in the main hall of the depot. A new exhibit highlighting the best of design by artists from around the state will open Sept. 8 at the Rio Gallery.

Patrons of the Rio Grande Cafe and visitors to the state offices or Rio Gallery can park in the secure lot north of the Rio Grande building. Validations are available from the cafe or specific state agencies. Media passes are also available for after-hours or weekend use.

State and local law enforcement began Operation Rio Grande three weeks ago, and on Friday they closed a portion of Rio Grande Street. While the closure does restrict vehicular traffic from 200 South, it does not block vehicles coming down 300 South or accessing Rio Grande Street from 400 South. It also does not block the entrance to the parking lot or restrict street parking in front of the Rio Grande Depot.

For more information about the Rio Grande Depot or questions about the media access passes, please contact Josh Loftin at 801.386.4755 or

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