#54: Handle + HSL – Appreciate Tradition


When you interview over 50 different food, coffee, and beverage entrepreneurs over a year, you begin to notice certain trends. They’re all passionate about their craft, feel a calling to create, and want to contribute to a growing community. The aspiration to put Utah on the foodie map can be found in ways big and small. For Briar Handly, the co-owner of Handle and HSL, developing a hyper-local, hyper-seasonal restaurant was one way to help Utah take one giant step forward.

Briar Handly, along with Melissa Gray and Meagan Nash, shared an interest. They loved small plate meals featuring seasonal, local ingredients. They loved restaurants that had a local vibe but served high quality food. Rather than leaving Utah to find this experience, they wanted to bring a new style of dining to the Beehive State. From there, Handle was born. Located up in Park City, Handle opened their doors in 2014. With a menu that changes daily and a strong focus on supporting local artisans, ranchers, and farmers, Handle’s core vision led to the opening of HSL in Salt Lake City in April 2016. With the goal of creating approachable food that also challenges people’s comfort levels, Handle and HSL have begun to take firm root into the Utah food scene, and draw inspiration and encouragement from the other entrepreneurs in the community. Join us as we sit down with Briar Handly and Alexa Norlin, their Executive Pastry Chef, as they guide us through their culinary road map.

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

Vive Juicery — A Utah-based cold-pressed juicery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Blue Copper Coffee — Specialty coffee hand-roasted in Salt Lake City, with a coffee room at 179 W 900 S.

The Yelp Elite Squad — Utah’s five-star fan club of all things local.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on Facebook,Instagram, or Twitter. See you next week!