When Aaron and Rachel Seitzinger were married in 2007, they hired Kneaders Bakery and Café, one of their favorite restaurants, to cater the event.
At that time, the Seitzingers had no idea they would one day be co-owners of the new Kneaders in Ogden. The newest location of the Utah-based franchise opened earlier this month.
Along with partners Andrew and Shauna Smith, the Seitzingers have been busy getting things up and running.
Prior to owning the café, which features fresh-baked European hearth breads and pastries, the Seitzingers owned and operated an ice cream shop for the past five years.
"We were ready for a change, and we really liked this opportunity," Rachel Seitzinger said of their decision to change to a full-service restaurant that also offers catering, gift baskets and holiday-themed gifts.
For lunch, Rachel Seitzinger recommends the gourmet salads, such as the Chicken Raspberry Nut ($7.19) with spinach, grilled chicken, walnuts, feta, red onions, fresh berries, candied pecans and a made-from-scratch raspberry vinaigrette, served with a side of their freshly baked bread. She also enjoys the daily soups ($2.99), such as the tomato bisque.
Aaron Seitzinger said their sandwiches are popular, including the Chicken Cheese and Ham on Ciabatta Roll ($7.19), Tuna on Hazelnut 12 Grain ($5.99) or his personal favorite, the Turkey Bacon Avocado on Focaccia ($7.19). Their turkey sandwiches are made with slow-roasted, hand-pulled turkey.
The restaurant also serves a breakfast menu with favorites such as all-you-can-eat Chunky Cinnamon French Toast ($4.99), served with fresh strawberries, cream and caramel syrup; and all-you-can-eat homestyle pancakes ($4.99).
The first Kneaders Bakery and Café was opened in Orem in 1997 by Colleen and Gary Worthington. There are now 20 locations in Utah, Arizona and Idaho. In 2012, Kneaders was awarded Best Baked Goods, Best Salads and Best Local Sandwiches in a best-of-state contest.
The café is also known for its in-house pastries, such as warm caramel bread pudding ($3.99), éclairs, cannoli, tarts, butter croissants and cinnamon rolls ($1.99/each).
Kneaders Bakery and Café
- ADDRESS: 1953 Washington Blvd., Ogden
- HOURS: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday
- PHONE: 801-781-2900