Friday, September 2, 2016

Kneaders reports plan to open in Ammon Sept. 30

The latest on Kneaders is that they are planning to open their restaurant in Ammon on Sept. 30. I was told this Thursday when I called their office in Utah. The date is subject to change, but that’s the scoop.

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The Utah-based bakery and cafe chain is popular with many eastern Idahoans. “It’s been one of the most common requests in the last two or three years,” said Eric Isom, chief development officer of Ball Ventures, a partner in the Sand Creek Commons shopping center.

The building permit filed March 30 shows plans for building of 4,214 square feet, with a kitchen and serving area of 2,226 square feet and a seating area of 1,618 square feet. Occupancy for the entire restaurant is 143. The original estimated completion date entered was July 31, but that obviously didn’t happen. Don’t ask me why, and good luck asking them.

Kneaders dates back to 1997, when it was founded by Gary and Colleen Worthington. It specializes in European hearth breads made from scratch on site daily, as well as gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and breakfast items. It also provides catering services for groups of all sizes, from birthday parties to weddings, and offers a variety of retail products including award-winning gift baskets and holiday-themed gifts.

So far, the company has locations in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and Idaho, where it opened its first store in Meridian. Like many chains, there is a mix of franchise operations and company-owned stores. The Ammon restaurant will be company owned.