Just off the Fourth North exit in Bountiful is another great place to take in Utah art while enjoying a fine meal. Cafe Alicia, owned by Aaron and LeAnn Marquez, specializes in seafood, steaks, and Mexican food. Since this February its walls have been home to a wide variety of fine art from emerging, mostly northern Utah, artists.
In 2001, Marquez began the process of finding a source of art he could display in his restaurant. Wanting to be more involved in the community and looking to add atmosphere to his business, Marquez eventually settled on Lamplight Gallery, a Bountiful co-op gallery. The co-op artists now maintain the displayed work, rotating in new pieces every month or so.
The restaurant takes no formal commission, but servers do often receive a small financial incentive for sales that they were instrumental in encouraging. For patrons, the arrangement produces a broad selection of affordable Utah fine art. And, located just ten minutes from downtown Salt Lake, Cafe Alicia is worth a look.
Cafe Alicia (801-292-7002 ) is located at 544 West 400 North, in Bountiful, and is open for lunch Mon-Fri, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and for dinner Mon-Fri, 5:00pm to 9:00 pm, and Sat, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
This article appeared in the September 2002 edition of 15 Bytes.