Downtown, the Sunny Side Is Up

Breakfast is coming to Fremont East. In September, local chef Natalie Young—a veteran of the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas, Mr. Lucky’s at the Hard Rock Hotel and several prominent others—will open Eat, a café serving breakfasts and lunches of made-from-scratch American comfort food “with a bit of classic French technique,” Young says. For downtown boosters who have “a nice place to have breakfast” high on their Fremont East wish lists, this news is as welcome as a stack of flapjacks.

“I looked for a niche. I believe that in a year we’ll be saturated with nightlife,” says Young, sitting at a window table at The Beat Coffeehouse, where she consults on the menu. “And I thought, nobody wants to get up in the morning and do breakfast … but I do!”

Eat, which will soon begin construction in an apartment building at Seventh and Carson streets, will feature fresh beignets, prime rib hash with green chilies and poached eggs, and pancakes with applewood-smoked sausage.

“You can get a chicken-fried steak made from scratch, or you can have an egg-white frittata,” Young says. “You can have some super-healthy food, or you can get your grub on.”

Eat could be a victory not only for Young but for Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project, which is providing funding. Young also credits Downtown Cocktail Room/Beat owners Michael and Jennifer Cornthwaite, who helped her to find a space and draft a business plan.

Mostly, though, it’s a win for anyone who’s ever walked downtown before dinnertime and craved a plate of bacon and eggs.