OGDEN — A new greasy spoon is coming to the former Karen’s Out West Cafe space.

The owners of the Jessie Jean’s Homestyle Cafe in Roy are packing up and moving to downtown Ogden. They expect to open the new Jessie Jean’s restaurant on Historic 25th Street sometime in April at 195 25th St.

“We’re going to streamline the menu a bit, but we’ll stay true to who we are,” said owner Anna Davidson. “We’ve been plotting and scheming on this for a while.”

That menu will likely include Jessie Jean’s signature burgers, sandwiches and soups. The restaurant will also include a gourmet salad bar. 

The Jessie Jean’s team plans to pay tribute to Karen Waters as well with a “Karen’s Corner” in the restaurant.

Waters opened her iconic Karen’s Cafe diner two decades ago. It became known for its biscuits, cinnamon rolls and big breakfasts. 

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“Karen was one of the pioneers in turning around 25th Street,” said Bryan Wrigley, the building’s new owner and a partner in the new Jessie Jean’s restaurant. 

Karen’s Cafe closed in early July 2016. A few weeks later it re-opened under new management, only to close for good in late 2017. 

The new team has been busy renovating the space since January and is looking forward to continuing the tradition of serving reasonably-priced comfort food in downtown Ogden.

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The Jessie Jean’s team will also be vending its popular coffee. Davidson, her husband, Ron Davidson, and Wrigley also partnered last year in opening Black Lotus coffee shop and bakery in the Kiesel Building only a few blocks away from the old Karen’s. 

At the time, the Davidsons said running a business in downtown Ogden had been “a longtime dream.”

Contact Reporter Leia Larsen at 801-625-4289 or llarsen@standard.net. Follow her on Facebook.com/leiainthefield or on Twitter @LeiaLarsen


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