“More than anywhere we’ve been, this is exactly where we belong,” Brooke Anderson exclaims.
Gabriel and Brooke Anderson are moving The Crepery to downtown Logan. The young couple started the business seven years ago on a small section of table top in Citrus and Sage. They later renovated an old pizza delivery shop on Logan’s Main Street along the Logan River. Now, they’re excited about expanding into the heart of downtown at 25 West Center Street.
“I’ve always loved this building, I’ve always loved the sign,” says Gabriel. “It used to be Glauser’s Café. There’s a great sign and you couldn’t put a sign in like this now but it’s grandfathered in.
“I’ve always loved the sign and when I heard the building might be available I was really excited. It’s a great old building, has a lot of character. It’s our kind of place.”
The decision to move the restaurant was triggered when the land owner of their location at 540 South Main informed the Andersons that the area would be redeveloped and the existing buildings torn down. At that time, another developer, Tony Johnson, reached out to them to help the couple find a new location.
The move gave Gabriel and Brooke an opportunity to expand the size of the restaurant and to give it a permanent home.
“To be paired with the theaters, to have a coffee shop where people can come, an atmosphere where people will sit, have conversations, date nights, we just belong down here,” Brooke exclaims. “More than anywhere we’ve been, this is exactly where we belong. We feel like we’ve really found our home.”
Gabriel is an interior designer and furniture designer so he has put his personal touch on the new location, much like he did with the previous one.
“I wanted to create an environment that just had a very relaxed vibe. I want it to have a coffee shop atmosphere but not necessarily be just a coffee shop,” he explains. “I know a lot of Cache Valley is LDS and people crave that coffee shop environment but don’t necessarily want to be in a coffee shop.
“We wanted that environment, but a place where everybody felt comfortable being and could be welcoming, comfortable and feel relaxed and have that cool, fun vibe.”
One of the signatures of The Crepery’s new location is a 20-foot concrete table that Gabriel designed and built himself. But when it came to installing the table, it took a neighborhood effort.
“When you build a concrete table you have to build it upside down then flip it over,” he explains. “I swear that thing weighs like 2 tons! And it was a community effort to turn it over. We had an employee meeting one night at 10 o’clock at night. We had 14 employees there and it wasn’t enough.
“So we went over to the Waffle Iron and they were just closing up and got some of their employees. We went over to the White Owl and got people there. People came together and helped me turn this enormous concrete table over and got it down. It was great, the community coming together to help me out. It was fun.”
With The Waffle Iron just two doors down, and Stacked on the same block, the Andersons aren’t concerned about any perceived competition among the other breakfast eateries in close proximity.
“It’s the breakfast corner here! One thing that I’ve found that it’s good to have a dining destination,” Gabriel explains.
“We are creating a dining destination here in the downtown. I think it’s a good thing,” he continues. “I think it brings more people to the area; more and more people are going to come here. If we were competition when we were five blocks away then it will be the same competition if we’re right next door. I think it will be good for everybody. I think one of these days we’ll have to have a friendly bake-off competition between the three of us.”
Gabriel says with the European-style crepes, the restaurant serves more than just breakfast or desert-type foods. Their busiest time is at lunch. And the thing that the couple seems most excited about, is that they are part of a growing movement to bring life and vitality to historic downtown Logan.
“People want to see this downtown area be lively,” Brooke exclaims. “We’ve seen people try to revive this area and bring energy. I think it’s finally, really happening. There are plans and we’re excited to be a part of that young energy, excitement and accommodating what the community wants.”
With three theaters right across the street, the restaurant plans to stay open later on Fridays and Saturdays to give theater patrons a place to grab a crepe a beverage after their shows have completed. They also plan to stay open on Sundays and offer a Sunday brunch.
“This is what it should be. This is what Logan needs,” says Brooke, “a college town, a lively, spirited place. That’s the most exciting part about this move.”
“We hope to encourage other businesses to come down here and feel that, feel comfortable that your business can make it.”
The couple is encouraged by recent trends that suggest more and more people are supporting local businesses and not spending as much time with big box retailers. With their relocation to downtown, they hope to encourage others to do the same.
The couple grew up in Denver and their interior and furniture design business has taken them to larger cities across the country. But Logan is always an “oasis” for the pair of Aggie alumni.
“Utah State is our heart, and it always will be wherever we live,” Brooke continues. “We want to create a special place for Aggies to come together to celebrate the best college in the country, in the best town in the country!”