More than 1,200 Mormons who work at the church’s Salt Lake temple in downtown Utah say they’ve come to expect the warmth of the new hot pot restaurant, the Hot Pot Sacramento, and its attendant staff.
It’s the kind of place where you’ll sit in a corner and eat your way through the dishes.
The restaurant, with its signature dishes of pork belly, brisket, pork belly and sweet potato soup, has been in the works for more than a year by church leaders and a new group called the Missionaries of Christ in Salt Lake.
It’s a gamble.
The church doesn’t allow outside vendors, and many of the workers said they’re still waiting for a license or approval from the state to open.
But they said they’ve been able to get the kind, family-friendly food they want.
The church opened the new restaurant on Sunday, with the opening of a two-story, 17,000-square-foot building that includes a patio, a bar and a restaurant that seats 200.
It will open as a standalone location later this year, with an expanded menu that will include more than 30 different dishes, according to the church.
It won’t be open to the public, but the company is looking to rent space and has started accepting applications for temporary workers, according the church website.
I love the service, said Kim Johnson, a 27-year-old construction worker from Ogden, Utah.
She said she likes the hot pot because it makes her feel good.
But I do not want to eat my way through it, she said.
She and her boyfriend, who works in the construction industry, were told they’d have to wait to be hired, and Johnson said she’s worried that will happen again.
We have to be really careful,” she said, adding that she wants to be able to take some time to decompress before coming back.
But the wait will be worth it, said Michelle Breen, a 28-year old food service manager from Washington, D.C., who is in the process of applying to be a full-time waitress. “
I’m a little bit nervous because I don’t want to get eaten up, I don’ think,” Johnson said.
But the wait will be worth it, said Michelle Breen, a 28-year old food service manager from Washington, D.C., who is in the process of applying to be a full-time waitress.
Our wait time is really short.
I love the hotness, she added.
She’s also hoping to eat with a variety of people, which she says is important in a restaurant.
Breen, who is not LDS, said she plans to make a point of getting out in the sun in the days ahead.
She and Johnson are hoping to start at a minimum wage of $10 an hour and get promoted on to full-fledged waitress.
They have an option for a part-time job, but it would not be a part time job.
There are many ways to enjoy the hot food, including hot soup and desserts, but Johnson said one of the things that makes her most excited is the hot-pot flushing.
When the hot soup hits your palate, you’re supposed to be happy.
But it makes me really excited to see people actually eat it, Johnson said, saying she’s already made some friends.
Hot Pot Sacramentor says it’s not a food truck.
The staff doesn’t work for a living.
They’re hired and paid by the church to make the hot pots available to the faithful, and the service is provided by the same company that runs the churchs new Salt Lake Temple.
Church spokesman Chris Johnson said the church has a policy against food trucks that drive around and disrupt service.
Some people are trying to use the word “service” to describe the hot dishes.
But the church says it is not serving hot pot, hot soup or any other hot food.
It does not allow outside vending and it has a list of rules that govern its hot pot program, according a press release.
For the first time, members of the church are welcome to bring food to the temple for free, according an online Mormon Church newsletter, The Book of Mormon.