karen-olsonKaren Olson, principal owner of Metropolitan, one of Salt Lake City's finest restaurants, recently accepted the prestigious role of vice chair for the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Board of Directors. The appointment was made last fall at DiRoNA's 18th annual conference.In addition, Olson's Metropolitan was selected for the 2008 Best of Salt Lake City Award in the Restaurants category by the U.S. Local Business Association, an Award Program recognizing outstanding local businesses throughout the country."We're thrilled Karen has been given this honor and that her restaurant received this prestigious award," commented Scott Beck, President & CEO of the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Those who know Karen and have enjoyed Metropolitan, locals and visitors alike, can appreciate these deserving honors." Olson has a master's degree from Pepperdine University and is the founder and co-chair of Salt Lake's ever-popular and highly successful Downtown Dine O' Round. Olson received Salt Lake's "2004 Downtown Alliance Lifestyle Achievement Award" for her work in increasing the vitality and economic development of Utah's capitol city.DiRoNA was established in 1990 to promote the fine dining industry, and the DiRoNA distinction is bestowed upon only the most distinguished fine dining establishments. To be eligible, restaurants must be in operation, under the same ownership, for a minimum of three years. A rigorous, anonymous inspection process scrutinizes every aspect of the dining experience - food, wine, service, physical property and d├ęcor. To date, fewer than 800 restaurants have earned the DiRoNA distinction.