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Morty's Cafe will serve great food sourced from local ingredients, in an inviting dining space, right next to a college campus.
Morty's Cafe will serve great food sourced from local ingredients, in an inviting dining space, right next to a college campus.
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What is Morty's Cafe?

Morty's Cafe will be the answer to "Where is Cache Valley's best quick-serve burger?" Not only will Morty's Cafe offer a great dining experience, but it will also provide a service to Utah State University students, walking to and from classes: a health-conscious, grab-and-go meal.

In visiting other university campuses, the two founders of Morty's Cafe recognized many of them had small commercial areas just outside of campus. Culture and commerce flourished in these little pockets. Independently owned pubs, restaurants, and cafes provide a unique experience.

Utah State University is an inspiringly beautiful campus, but it has lacked this aspect of campus life. Morty's Cafe will change that.

Aerial View of Morty's Cafe Location Next to Campus
Aerial View of Morty's Cafe Location Next to Campus

Our menu will consist of items made from local ingredients to create a unique experience and will include hamburgers, fries, salads, coffees, and baked goods. 

Morty's Cafe Architecture Rendering
Morty's Cafe Architecture Rendering

The third-floor, rooftop balcony will provide a truly awesome view of the valley. Patrons will be free to eat their food on the balcony while they take in the view. 

View of Cache Valley from the Morty's Cafe Balcony
View of Cache Valley from the Morty's Cafe Balcony

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The balcony will also feature live music and small private parties can be held here. The last missing piece to our venture is a comfortable and classy dining area to help make this place a little extra special.

We decided to include an interior designer to help us design and build these dining area amenities. We need support in this last capstone project for Morty's to not only be a success, but to truly add something special to the area and to the community.

Morty's Cafe Construction
Morty's Cafe Construction
Interior Construction of Morty's Cafe Dining Area
Interior Construction of Morty's Cafe Dining Area
Morty's Cafe Interior Space Layout
Morty's Cafe Interior Space Layout

The Team

Hi, I'm Ty Mortensen, co-founder of Morty's Cafe

I've teamed up with my good friend and mentor, Preston. 

Preston teaches and owns several businesses, one which is a family run produce company. Preston has been supplying local restaurants with his farm-fresh organic produce for years and is now excited to see his produce in an establishment which he owns.

Background

The idea for Morty's began several years ago when a relative of mine purchased a small house on Darwin avenue in Logan, Utah. The property was in rough shape, but it's proximity to Utah State University was unbeatable. It was practically on campus.

Soon after the purchase of the property, Logan City decided to rezone the neighborhood to be "mixed use", meaning properties could be developed to be part residential, part commercial. With a house which was beginning to deteriorate and the newly rezoned area, the decision was made to build something new. This is when the concept of Morty's was born!

Risks and challenges

Even though Morty's Cafe is a geographically-fixed location, we feel the impact of our project reaches beyond this boundary. A lot of people will be affected by Morty's activities and those of the partnering ingredient providers.

Of course there are always unplanned things that pop up on every project. However, we feel the team at Morty's Cafe is capable in overcoming these. We look forward to opening our doors with added amenities to serve people something special.

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FAQ

  • Due to the liquor laws which the state of Utah currently has, we are unable to secure a liquor license.

    State law says the following: "Alcoholic beverage licenses may not be granted within specific proximity measurements to a community location; 600 feet measured by ordinary pedestrian travel, or 200 feet measured in a straight line. A 'community location' is a church, school, park, playground or library."

    Our close proximity to both a dry university campus (school) and the LDS Institute (church) makes us ineligible to serve alcohol.

    See this link: http://abc.utah.gov/license/proximity.html

    We appreciate your support!

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  • From the beginning, we have entertained the idea of providing a veggie or garden burger. We consulted with local chefs and did market analyses specifically regarding this option.

    The decision we have made is to monitor demand. If there is demand for a veggie burger, we will supply one (and it will be a good one). So, should we see continued support for a veggie burger before we open, we will provide this option from day one, even though currently it is not in our menu plans

    We appreciate input on the matter.

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  • One of the founders, Ty Mortensen, has a nickname "Morty" based on his last name.

    Hear him tell a quick explanation of this and the origin of the Mortician Burger on our recent radio interview. Skip to 28:30

    http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2014_03_25_324_20389_2867.mp3

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    First In Line - You'll get a beautiful, soft-spun, Morty's t-shirt delivered to you.

    We'll also send you a voucher good for a burger, fries, and a drink.

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    Your Own Table - Your name will be emblazoned onto a dining table for all to see. As they eat, customers will be reminded of the generous few who contributed in a GRAND way to Morty's Cafe.

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    Your Own Burger - We'll name one of our signature burgers whatever you choose (within reason, of course). That's right, people will be eating something you named! And, that's what they'll call out when they order the deliciously famous menu item.

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    A Day with the Founders - You'll receive a Morty's T-shirt and meal. PLUS, spend a day with the founders of Morty's Cafe (travel not included). You'll get the hands-on tour of our building, Cache Valley, and our partnering local providers (bread, meat, cheese, produce, etc.). Get an inside glimpse of where our local ingredients come from! And, we'll treat you to a dinner cooked by a private chef.

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