Entrepreneur Chelsea Coughlin will open the doors this Friday, Aug. 16, on the Obar, an innovative, healthy alternative to fast-food breakfasts, brunches, lunch and tapas.
The signature fast-casual restaurant will open in Edwardsville’s Montclaire Shopping Center (1516 Troy Road, Unit B). Coughlin held a ribbon cutting this spring even as the location was undergoing remodeling.
“The Obar food concept is taking the excess bread away from tasty and healthy food choices for people,” said Coughlin, who is a Carlinville native. Growing up on a farm, Coughlin learned the value of a good breakfast and developed a passion for fresh ingredients and real organic whole foods served within the context of amazing flavors and healthy-size portions.
“Carbohydrates should consist of 40 to 60 percent of our diet, but oftentimes we think about grains and breads unnecessarily as if it’s the only form of a carbohydrate, and in turn it over supplements our food. Our eggs will put bread in its proper place, allowing much less health risks caused from the over consumption of sugar etc.,” she said.
She became interested in the product out of concerns about her health physiologically, and her physique.
“I needed to become knowledgeable about how to eat. I also really enjoy good tasting food that allows me creativity for my pallet to experience tastes from many places that I’ve traveled. We all are aware that breakfast is the most essential meal of the day and when I moved to Edwardsville, I only found a few,” she said.
She didn’t want to settle for fast food, and an entrepreneur life doesn’t lend time to cook at home, she said.
Coughlin said Obar’s creative egg offerings and her signature coffee and tea recipes – beverages infused with fresh fruits and herbs – offer those who live and work in Edwardsville a destination for healthy fare, Wi-Fi, soft seating and a place to begin their day. Freshly squeezed O’ Refreshers such as fruit-infused water and signature smoothies are also included in the daily menu. Tapas and freshly prepared alcoholic beverages will be available in the afternoons and evenings Thursday through Saturday.
Soft seating, tables and workstations with outlets to power and recharge smartphones, laptops and tablets will provide a comfortable environment for a quick beverage or one of many healthy, tasty egg dishes. A breezeway and outdoor seating offer guests spots to relax and recharge as well. Curbside pickup and online food ordering are available, as are event space and catering menus, Coughlin said.
“My original recipes include omelets, scrambles and breakfast shoes, along with protein muffins, a new twist on French toast, breakfast pizzas and other healthy yet delicious choices, offer fast yet healthy solutions for those who want to start their day off on the right foot,” said Coughlin.
Obar hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Thursday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4 to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information call (618) 307-9499 or go to the www.obarcafe.com
PHOTO: Chamber ambassadors and others help Chelsea Coughlin, center, cut the ribbon on her new operation in a photo taken in May. (IBJ photo Dennis Grubaugh)