'Modern Family' dad opens beer restaurant in Utah

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2014 at 9:25 am •  Published: April 22, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — He plays a bumbling dad on ABC's "Modern Family," but in Salt Lake City Ty Burrell is trying out for a role as restaurateur.

Burrell has just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries. The restaurant, which has high ceilings and long tables and benches to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel, is next door to the cocktail bar Burrell co-owns with an equally simple name, Bar X.

"It's a super simple menu, which is what we wanted from the beginning," says Burrell, sporting a scruffy beard and glasses. "Basic, but well-made and local. Instead of putting the energy into a lot of elements, making sure you have fewer elements and you are taking the time to make them right."

For the menu, the Emmy-winning actor teamed up with Viet Pham, an up-and-coming Salt Lake City chef who was one of Food and Wine magazine's best new chefs in 2011. Burrell met Pham when he and his wife ate at Forage, Pham's Salt Lake City restaurant, and were blown away by Pham's cooking. It turned out that Pham was a fan of Bar X, and the seeds for the future partnership were planted.

Pham created what has become Beer Bar's signature fish: the Reuben brat. It's a sandwich stuffed with pastrami, bratwurst, Swiss cheese and pickled vegetables that Burrell says he's already eaten way too many of.