By: Fred Ball
“A good, juicy schnitzel is hard to find. So if a trip to the Czech Republic isn't in your budget this summer, certainly a visit to the Bohemian Brewery and Grill in Midvale is.
This unique restaurant, serving authentic Czech and Bohemian "pub" style cuisine, is the creation of Joseph and Helen Petras, who were born in Czechoslovakia. Salt Lakers may be familiar with the couple's first restaurant — "Helen's" — named after Joseph's wife, of course. Joseph and Helen sold that particular restaurant a few years ago before opening the Bohemian Brewery and Grill on 7200 South, one block east of State Street.
Joseph and Helen know that in the restaurant business, the atmosphere can be just as important as the food. Consequently, there are several things that make the Bohemian Brewery and Grill a fun place to dine — if you go with friends, tell them that the artwork on the walls refers to Jaroslav Hasek's famous "The Adventures of the Good Soldier." (They'll think you're exceptionally well read in world literature.)
During my visit, Joseph gave me a tour of the building and adjacent brewery. He showed me the tanks where the restaurant's specialty beers are aged to perfection, and explained the intricate process by which the brews are made. He also showed me the family's collection of vintage, award-winning scooters, like their 1958 Vespa and 1957 Cushman Road King, known to scooter fanatics as, "the Alligator." Joseph keeps these and several other classic scooter models on display on the second floor of the restaurant.
Throughout this week, the Bohemian will join other Midvale companies in the Harvest Days Small Business Celebration. Drop by the Bohemian or by the Zions Bank Midvale Branches to pick up a promotional "passport," then visit other participating restaurants and shops during the week to get your passport stamped. You'll also receive special discounts and can enter your passport into a grand prize drawing at the Harvest Days Fair Saturday. “