OGDEN — It’s a coffee house by morning and a wine bar by night.
And in between, it’s a little bit of everything else.
A new restaurant, WB’s, is being added to The Monarch building in downtown Ogden’s Nine Rails Creative District. The eatery is shooting for a June opening at 455 25th St., on the corner of 25th and Ogden Avenue.
Restaurant owner Amy Wanderley-Britt, who also owns a trio of Pig & A Jelly Jar locations in Utah — including one in downtown Ogden — says her latest venture will be a completely different concept. She describes the restaurant as “your neighborhood daily.”
“We wanted it to be the concept of approachable, but with menu items that people might not be familiar with,” she said. “It’ll be playful. My goal is to just perhaps introduce people to things they haven’t experienced as often — but everything is approachable.”
In addition to being a play on the owner’s initials, WB’s is an acronym for “wine and bites.” It will feature menu items with a Latin twist.
Described as open-design restaurant, with an exposed kitchen, integrated bar, and seasonal patio.
WB’s will be open for breakfast and lunch, with “on-the-go” options for downtown commuters. A Sunday brunch will also be offered.
Wanderley-Britt said the whole operation will have a fast-casual element.
“What we’re creating is a sort of local bodega in the front, with grab-and-go items like salads and craft sodas, as well as things like bread and olive oil,” Wanderley-Britt said. “We want you to have a reason to come hang out with us any time of the day.”
In the evening, small plates and entrees will be served. WB’s will also offer wine, curated cocktails and craft beer, as well as non-alcoholic “whimsies” — herbs and mixers that mimic alcoholic drinks like a gin and tonic.
“All the pleasure, none of the guilt,” Wanderley-Britt explains. “A lot of people don’t drink, and we wanted to create a space where we could all come and hang out and socialize.”
In keeping with the Nine Rails Creative District’s goals, WB’s will also place an emphasis on contemporary art and modern music. Wanderley-Britt hopes her 1,900-square-foot restaurant will be the go-to pre-party spot for this summer’s Ogden Twilight Concert Series.
Wanderley-Britt said she’s excited to see Ogden growing into an art community, and she’s excited to be a part of it.
“I don’t want to change Ogden,” she insists. “I want to be a part of telling people how amazing it is.”