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New management brings upgrade to Ogden Wing Nutz

By Chelsi Lasater - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Aug 5, 2022
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The Hart Family.
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As have many businesses, Wing Nutz in Ogden fell on hard times during the pandemic. Local residents Taryn and Shawn Hart took to giving the store an overhaul.

Shawn Hart has been in construction for 20 years and he and wife build custom homes together. As a family, they often enjoyed going to Wing Nutz, calling it their go-to, especially on movie nights. After a time, they noticed employees and management changing frequently and the store struggling to survive. The couple asked the manager to pass a message to the owners that they were interested in buying. It didn’t happen easily.

They said they were told no multiple times. After many months of negotiations, the couple finally became owners of the restaurant in March and got to work.

They wanted to keep the restaurant in the community they loved so much, so they decided to remodel. They repainted, redid the bathrooms and added new tables and chairs. They are looking forward to adding a beer fridge and making the patio more functional during the winter months. They also plan on bringing back some customer favorites starting in August including live music on weekends, Thursday night karaoke and a game night.

Wing Nutz wings are prepared differently; they’re steamed and then baked, which makes the term “healthy wings” less of an oxymoron. According to their website, their wings boast reduced calories by 75%, reduced sodium by over 80% and reduced fat content by 75%. Furthermore, the cage-free and hormone-free chickens they use are never frozen and always fresh. There are seven other locations in Utah, but local Ogden favorites on the menu are the jalapeno honey BBQ and the traditional Buffalo. Not just wings grace the menu; shareables, quesadillas and burgers are available too.

Wing Nutz in Ogden is located downtown at The Junction. Positioned conveniently across from the Megaplex theater, patrons can grab a drink before the movie and save on snacks. Don’t miss grabbing some WINGZ next time you’re downtown.

Shawn Hart said they went into the endeavor looking for a business opportunity but they found much more. “We are absolutely blessed with the friendships we have made along this journey. We can’t wait to continue this journey with the community.”


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