Mandy Watts is soothing her newborn grandson when I meet her. Patting the adorable two-month old, Watts greets me warmly, with the contented smile of a proud parent. After all, her new restaurant, Mandy’s, is just six days old.
As the former general manager of the Studio One Café, “I did everything,” Watts says. She’s been in the restaurant business nearly 30 years. But Mandy’s is her first venture in ownership, and Watts says she loves it.
“I’ve been dreaming of this,” Watts says, looking around the cheerful, open space.
Watts says she hopes to fill a community niche by offering healthy and hearty fare, 24 hours a day.
“I wanted a restaurant that could support the service industry,” Watts says. “People working night shifts haven’t had many places that they can go when they get off work.”
Eugene used to be home to many all-night diners, but they’ve mostly disappeared.
“The restaurant employees, hotel clerks, cab drivers, they’re all finding our place,” Watts says.
Mandy’s sources local foods where it can.