OGDEN -- A major centerpiece of the Ogden River Project opened for business Friday.
Kneaders Bakery & Cafe is located at 1953 Washington Blvd. The cafe will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The Utah-based restaurant franchise specializes in gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and European hearth breads.
City officials believe Kneaders will serve as a catalyst to bring additional development to the river project, which was established in 2002 but has struggled to attract tenants.
"Kneaders fill a niche that isn't served in Ogden," said Steve Fishburn, the city's business development director. "This will bring a lot of traffic to the northern portion of our dowtown."
Kneaders also has locations in Layton and Bountiful.