Historic 25th Street restaurants, shops courting Sundancers

Monday , January 14, 2013 - 4:47 PM

Restauranteur Alex Montanez wants to let Sundance Film Festival-goers know of the wealth of dining...

Valerie Phillips

As the Sundance Film Festival opens this weekend, Ogden restaurants want to let people know that Park City isn’t the only place for dinner and a movie. The wealth of dining options near Peery’s Egyptian Theater — a Sundance film venue — might be one of the festival’s best-kept secrets.

But the Historic 25th Street Association intends to get the word out this year.

“Our goal is to make our street a destination spot,” said Alex Montanez, who is the owner of Rovali’s Ristorante Italiano and also the marketing chairman for the Historic 25th Street Association.

Those who have been to Park City during Sundance know about the throngs of people strolling the Main Street sidewalks and crowding the red carpet events, hoping to catch a glimpse of a big-name movie star or director. Montanez hopes to bring more of that festival atmosphere to 25th Street, while still keeping it accessible to the locals.

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