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The Hart family.
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Like many businesses, Wing Nutz in Ogden has fallen on hard times during the pandemic. Local residents Taryn and Shawn Hart set out to give the store an overhaul.
Shawn Hart has been in the construction business for 20 years and he and his wife build custom homes together. As a family, they often liked to go to Wing Nutz, calling it their go-to, especially on movie nights. After a while, they noticed that employees and management changed frequently and the store was struggling to survive. The couple asked the manager to let the owners know they were interested in buying. It didn’t come easily.
They said they had been told no several times. After several months of negotiations, the couple finally took ownership 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 renovate it. They repainted, redid the bathrooms and added new tables and chairs. They can’t wait to add a beer fridge and make the patio more functional during the winter months. They also plan to bring back some customer favorites from August, including live music on weekends, Thursday night karaoke, and 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 are 75% fewer calories, over 80% less sodium, and 75% less fat. Plus, the cage-free, hormone-free chickens they use are never frozen and always fresh. There are seven other places in Utah, but local Ogden favorites on the menu are Jalapeno Honey BBQ and Traditional Buffalo. Not only do the wings adorn the menu; shareables, quesadillas and burgers are also available.
Wing Nutz in Ogden is located downtown at The Junction. Conveniently located across from the Megaplex Cinema, guests can grab a pre-movie drink and save on snacks. Be sure to grab some WINGZ the next time you’re downtown.
Shawn Hart said they went on the hunt looking for a business opportunity, but found so much more. “We are absolutely blessed by the friendships we have made along this journey. We look forward to continuing this journey with the community.