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In this April 16, 2014 photo, actor Ty Burrell, who plays bumbling dad Phil Dunphy on ABC's “Modern Family,” poses holding a beer at Bar X, the cocktail bar he co-owns, in Salt Lake City. Burrell just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery next door to Bar X that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries. The restaurant sports long tables and benches with high ceilings to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this April 16, 2014 photo, actor Ty Burrell, who plays bumbling dad Phil Dunphy on ABC's “Modern Family,” stands outside Bar X, the cocktail bar he co-owns, in Salt Lake City. Burrell just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery next door to Bar X that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries. The restaurant sports long tables and benches with high ceilings to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) In this April 21, 2014 photo, Noelle Fitzgerald, left, and Ashly Burton drink beer at Beer Bar in Salt Lake City. Actor Ty Burrell, who plays bumbling dad Phil Dunphy on ABC's “Modern Family,” 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 sports long tables and benches with high ceilings to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) In this April 16, 2014 photo, actor Ty Burrell, who plays bumbling dad Phil Dunphy on ABC's “Modern Family,” sits at the bar at Bar X, the cocktail bar he co-owns, in Salt Lake City. Burrell just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery next door to Bar X that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries. The restaurant sports long tables and benches with high ceilings to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) In this April 16, 2014 photo, actor Ty Burrell, who plays bumbling dad Phil Dunphy on ABC's “Modern Family,” drinks a beer at Bar X, the cocktail bar he co-owns, in Salt Lake City. Burrell just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery next door to Bar X that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries. The restaurant sports long tables and benches with high ceilings to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) In this April 16, 2014 photo, actor Ty Burrell, who plays bumbling dad Phil Dunphy on ABC's “Modern Family,” left, poses outside Beer Bar in Salt Lake City. Burrell just opened the 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 sports long tables and benches with high ceilings to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel, is next door to the cocktail bar Burrell co-owns with an equally simple name, Bar X. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) In this April 21, 2014 photo, Bar back Lori Campbell, center, serves food to Andrea Latimer, right, and Nichole Peterson at Beer Bar in Salt Lake City. Actor Ty Burrell, who plays bumbling dad Phil Dunphy on ABC's “Modern Family,” 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 sports long tables and benches with high ceilings to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) In this April 21, 2014 photo, Ashly Burton, front, and Noelle Fitzgerald, carry their beers to their seats at Beer Bar in Salt Lake City. Actor Ty Burrell, who plays bumbling dad Phil Dunphy on ABC's “Modern Family,” 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 sports long tables and benches with high ceilings to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) In this April 21, 2014 photo, Amanda Bertana and Chris Call have drinks at Beer Bar in Salt Lake City. Actor Ty Burrell, who plays bumbling dad Phil Dunphy on ABC's “Modern Family,” 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 sports long tables and benches with high ceilings to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

‘Modern Family’ dad opens beer restaurant


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.

The bar and restaurant cement Burrell’s roots in Salt Lake City.

Though born and raised in Oregon, Burrell says he now feels very much like a “Salt Laker.”



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