OGDEN -- A new restaurant is headed for The Junction on an underutilized piece of property near Ogden's Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, the latest step in the city's ongoing effort to fill vacant space in the downtown area.
The Ogden Redevelopment Agency voted Tuesday night to approve a site plan for a new teppanyaki-style restaurant that will be at 2250 S. Washington Blvd. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food.
The restaurant will be a single-story building with column bases and will be made of a limestone material. It will be owned and operated by Yu King Long, who had previously purchased the 10,500-square-foot lot for the restaurant from Ogden city for about $200,000.
Earlier this year, the RDA approved an amendment to the original Hilton development agreement with Kevin Garn and Western States Lodging, allowing the undeveloped portions of a parcel of land to be given back to the city.
As part of the real estate agreement between the RDA and King Long, each party will pay one-half of the closing costs, King Long will immediately install and maintain "visually appealing" landscaping, use of the property can't change without the consent of the RDA, the RDA must approve King Long's concept and final design plans, and King Long must obtain a building permit and a certificate of occupancy before July 31 this year and May 31, 2014, respectively.
The property reverts to the RDA if King Long does not comply with terms of the agreement.
During the past year, high-profile establishments like Kneaders Bakery & Cafe and GEAR:30, a 10,000-square-foot outdoor gear and sporting goods store, have opened on what were vacant fields not long ago.
The renovation of the Ogden Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is also ongoing and is expected to wrap up in 2014.
The city projects 400,000 people will visit the temple every year when the renovation is complete.
Construction also has started on what will eventually be 69 townhomes on about 4 acres just to the west of Kneaders.