OGDEN — A new café will soon be percolating downtown.
Coffee purveyors Nick Morris and Lance Smith of Kaffe Mercantile plan to open the doors of their third location sometime this summer. They confirmed the coffee shop’s future location at the corner of 23rd Street and Washington Blvd., below the new Tower View Apartments.
“We’ve always liked the idea of being downtown, but we knew it’d have to be well-thought out,” Smith said.
They were planning on an opening date of July 24, but construction delays have pushed things back. The opening date remains to be determined. In the meantime, the café owners are working to brew interest in their new business — they served coffee samples outside the site during last week’s Pioneer Day parade.
“We decided we need to market, get people thinking about Kaffe Mercantile when they pass by,” Morris said.
Morris and Smith took ownership of the original Kaffe Mercantile, at 1221 26th St., eight years ago this month. They opened a second coffee shop at 930 Chambers Street in South Ogden around two years ago.
The new location will have more space than the other two cafes, giving Morris and Smith more room to be creative.
“We’ll probably open with the same menu, with the goal of expanding,” Morris said. “We definitely want to add some lunch items, that’s the goal.”
The new spot will likely stay open later, possibly until 10 p.m., to snag more evening foot traffic and to serve as an occasional music venue with help from local record shop Lavender Vinyl.
“There should be a good, regular schedule of live music,” Morris said. “Ogden’s really focused on downtown living, with all the new units going in (on Washington Boulevard). They’re really creating a walkable city, which is awesome.”