With all the recent praise extolling Ogden’s Historic 25th Street, it’s hard to believe that any of the street’s buildings still remain vacant. However, apart from stalwarts such as Roosters and Wiseguys Comedy Club, many of the buildings have lain dormant for years.
One unoccupied building was the former home of the famous Star Noodle Parlor with its iconic neon sign. Built in 1912, the structure originally housed live theater under the moniker, the Revere Theater. The subsequent and short-lived Cherry Theater was quickly replaced with the Rex Theater which remained until 1929. The space later hosted a movie theater, and even had a short stint as a boxing venue.
In 1944, the Star Noodle Parlor moved in and remained for over 60 years. Upon arriving, Star Noodle erected a 3D neon dragon sign to attract local patrons. The sign quickly became a prominent element on 25th, and has defined the street for both locals and travelers.
When the building was sold in 2007, uncertainty surrounded the sign’s fate. On June 13, 2008, the iconic sign was removed. Locals immediately questioned its whereabouts. Rumors and speculation swirled around town, but the same question loomed large. What happened to the dragon?
After years of doubt regarding its true whereabouts, locals created a “Save The Dragon” Facebook page to bring attention to the issue. Through the page, information was obtained from Ogden City regarding the sign. They have kept an eye on the sign ever since it was taken down, and they were pushing for it to be reinstalled on the building. However, the renovation of the building had been put on hold due to lack of financing.
Finally, in early 2015 the city announced that its beloved sign would be rightfully replaced atop the renovated building at 225 25th Street. Bringing the whole project full circle, the sign was remodeled and installed by YESCO, the company that originally designed and erected it. A ceremony was held on February 6 to celebrate the lighting of the beloved dragon sign for the first time in over six years.
In addition to welcoming back an Ogden icon, 25th Street will also be adding new businesses to its already diverse offerings. Zucca Trattoria, a local Italian restaurant featuring authentic Italian regional cuisine with a modern approach, will occupy the old Star Noodle building. Next door, Pig & A Jelly Jar will open their second location. They offer a from-scratch menu with a unique twist on comfort food.
Berlin’s Fine Meats & Delicatessen will be moving in at the corner of 25th St. and Grant Avenue. Berlin’s is a hybrid of sorts, with the finest fresh meats from a full or self-service meat counter. Smokey’s BBQ will be moving into the building adjacent to Alleged, serving up their take on smoked meats and everything BBQ.
Another addition is Office Evolution. They focus on all things office related, such as, executive suites, virtual offices, conference and meeting rooms. A local software developing company, Anzan Technologies, will be moving into their new offices above Pig & A Jelly Jar.
Reflections Academy is setting up a second location on 25th St. They specialize in belly dance, martial arts, power tap and yoga. Urban Sanctuary Skin, Spa & Lash Studio will also be join the scene, and provide a wide variety of healing and beauty services. Lastly, the recently opened Funk ‘n Dive bar resides in the basement of the old courthouse. A typical Funk ‘n Dive outing may include drinks, live music, trivia, bingo, and food in a one-of-a-kind venue.
All of these businesses add new energy to the already diverse range of goods and services that Ogden has to offer. This city has been injected with fresh vitality and is teeming with personality.
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