Crossing Borders: A Salt Lake County Organization Helping Immigrants Begin New Businesses

Apr 18, 2018

The Sharma Niroula family came to the United States in 2010. They are the owners of the restaurant Bhutan House in Sandy.
Credit Kiki Sharma
Food served at the restaurant Bhutan House in Sandy, Ut.
Credit Kiki Sharma

When refugees and immigrants come to Utah, they bring with them different elements of their culture. As these individuals and families work to establish themselves in their new communities, some choose to open businesses featuring their native food.

Spice Kitchen Incubator is an organization in Salt Lake County providing resources to help low-to moderate-income individuals, specifically refugees and immigrants, begin food-related businesses. Since its beginning in 2013, 86 people have used the Spice Kitchen Incubator program. This has resulted in 25 new Salt Lake County-based food business, including Bhutan House in Sandy.

The UPR Original Series "Crossing Borders" is a yearlong storytelling project between UPR and the USU Office of Global Engagement - providing services for international students and scholars; and facilitating study abroad opportunities for students and faculty. Details found here.