The Hoodlebug is now open on Alta's Main Street and a grand opening is planned for Saturday. A ribbon cutting will take place at 6 p.m. Owners of Alta's new business are Brad and Cindy Pedersen and manager is Lisa Hare, a niece of the Pedersens. Daughter Liz Petersen is also involved in the business though lives out of the area at this time.
The business is located in the former Depot restaurant. The structure is Alta's original train depot. In 1991, a 1912 rail dining car, was added for additional space and another addition was put on in 2003.
The unique building stood empty for several years and residents are excited to see it being used again. And the unique name - Hoodlebug - ties in the train theme nicely. Would you have guessed such a silly word has anything to do with trains? It is a slang term used to describe a small passenger train car or trolly.
The Hoodlebug will be known for its coffee, bistro gift shop and the spot to go to for your wedding item rentals.
A great deal of interior work was done in the building; you will want to visit time and time again. The train car has been totally redecorated with an updated and modern version of the traditional tin ceiling that may have been found in train cars of the era.
The train car will also serve as the eating and coffee-drinking area.
Hare said it is hoped to have "loiterers" at the new business; socializing is stressed.
The Hoodlebug is a great place to host small clubs or wedding and bridal showers.
A lounge area with comfy furniture and a TV are inviting. WIFI is available.
The menu includes many unique entrees as well including a variety of panini sandwiches, asparagus bundles, crab cakes, breaded zucchini, a must-have flatbread pizza with chili and mango sauce.
There are also salads and a soup-of-the day to check out.
A menu with all the kid's favorites - mac and cheese, PB and J, spaghetti, burger sliders and grilled cheese - is also available.
Breakfast will be served daily and includes all of the traditional breakfast items. Such sweets as scones, pastries and cookies will surely call out your name.
The beverage menu includes Pepsi products as well as regular coffee and all the fancy coffee products. Cider, hot chocolate, smoothies and frappes will be available.
The Hoodlebug's gift shop is unique to Alta. There are kitchen items, items for baby gifts, children's books and activities, jewelry, scarves, purses, slippers, women's clothing (currently there are skirts, tops and outer wear) and there are also re-homed treasures.
Local artists' wares are being highlighted in the store so check that out, too.
Manager Hare, whose mom is the former Brenda Pedersen, has worked in retail and food services for several years. "Customer service is very important to us," she said.
And Cindy Pedersen has a long history of working in the public and is "passionate" about food.
Owning a shop such as the Hoodlebug, said Hare, is a dream of hers, Cindy's and Petersen's and they are so excited about their new venture.
Hours will be 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The kitchen will be closed 1:30-4:30 p.m. each of those days. The Hoodlebug will also be open on Saturdays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. with the kitchen closing at 1:30 p.m. The business will not be open on Sundays at this time.
Jump on board and check out Alta's new business.