SALT LAKE CITY — A small enterprise proprietor is taking an opportunity in an space of the town lengthy recognized for its points with drug use and violent crime.
The intersection of 800 West and North Temple was the positioning of a lethal capturing in August 2020.
Following that incident, the Wienerschnitzel positioned on the southwest nook of the intersection shut down, leaving the decades-old constructing vacant for months.
“I’ve been right here working for 18 years, and I like my neighbors,” mentioned Alex Serrano.
For years, Serrano has managed the pizza restaurant throughout the road.
He lately determined the vacant Wienerschnitzel constructing was his alternative to begin his personal enterprise.
Saturday, he opened a restaurant that serves breakfast and Mexican meals referred to as ‘Love N.T.’
“We name it ‘Love N.T.,’” he mentioned. “Love North Temple.”
Serrano is nicely conscious of the world’s points with crime.
“This can be a fairly dangerous nook,” he mentioned. “One of many worst corners right here in Salt Lake.”
However that’s inspiring him to do his half to alter the neighborhood.
“We checked out it and he [Serrano] mentioned, ‘That is going to work,’” mentioned Nigel Swaby, the chair of the Fairpark Group Council and a candidate for the District 2 seat on the Salt Lake Metropolis Council.
Swaby is an actual property agent who helped Serrano hire the vacant house.
He’s additionally a resident of the neighborhood and has led a neighborhood coalition to scrub up North Temple. He believes that work is beginning to pay dividends.
“I walked over right here the opposite day with my seven-year-old daughter on Saturday after they had been open,” Swaby mentioned. “That is one thing I would not have finished earlier than.”
Serrano is aware of opening this enterprise is a threat for a lot of causes.
He’s nonetheless working at his different job, and his members of the family are working two jobs to assist make Love N.T. a hit.
“That is the American dream, and we’re going to work for it,” Serrano mentioned.
He hopes that work is a part of a recipe that restores the neighborhood he loves.
“At the least I’m placing my little piece,” Serrano mentioned. “If we do one thing higher to assist out one another, we are able to repair all collectively.”
Love N.T. is open Monday by means of Saturday from 7 a.m. to five p.m. on the southwest nook of 800 West North Temple.