Our Rich History

When you come to the Idle Isle Cafe in Brigham City, UT, it is like taking a step back in time, as well as a time to think back on special experiences throughout one’s life. In other words, the history is rich here, and it is felt in all the best ways.

The history of the Idle Isle Cafe, like our country, includes it’s survival of The Great Depression era, World War II, and many other significant historical events that impacted the population and economy of the region. The Idle Isle Cafe was established in May of 1921, with its location along the main highway ideal for local residents and travelers. When they were just a recently married couple, P.C. Knudson and his wife, Verabel, opened an ice cream and candy store in the same location the Idle Isle remains to this day. Verabel’s brother, David H. Call and his wife LaRita, later joined the Knudson’s to form the partnership that evolved into a full-service family restaurant and candy shop. The unique decor of the 1920’s still remains.Though changes have been necessary to maintain operation, the handcrafted wood booths, the marble and onyx soda fountain, the grandfather clock, and other unique equipment remain unchanged and a feature attraction for visiting guests.

Grandfather Clock at Idle Isle Cafe
Idle Isle Cafe
The family establishment passed on to later generations well acquainted with it’s vision. In 1994, when the challenge of running a well-known candy store and a full service restaurant grew, Richard H. VanDyke sold the restaurant portion of the Idle Isle. Kim and Ann Jeppsen bought the establishment and accepted the challenge of owning and operating the restaurant, a business they knew very little about. It became a significant part of their family, and the tradition of a family run business continued.

The tradition remains unchanged, and it remains a part of the dream and vision of the establishment: to provide a high quality experience of service and food for it’s guests, and an equally rewarding experience for those who are employed here.

In early 2004, a series of events were set in motion when Idle Isle Candy purchased a historic building on the east side of Main Street. After years in the same building, the candy shop moved across the street in July of 2004.

To those guests who have spent many a day here, those visitors who stand in awe of the unique atmosphere, and those who have dedicated much of their lives to the success of this establishment, this will always be a special place.

Bar at Idle Isle Cafe
Seating at Idle Isle Cafe
Idle Isle Cafe

Old Fashioned Service, Modern Amenities

We now have take out available! Delivery soon to be offered. Our catering services are currently being revamped as the demand continues to grow, and we will soon be offering brunch, and after hours services for families and teenage groups on certain days. More updates to come! For now, come on by, enjoy our history, our fine food and let’s make some new memories together!

Reservations & Catering

To make reservations for a large group or to inquire about our catering services, contact us at 435-734-2468 today!


Monday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
Large group private events or caterings available


Idle Isle Cafe
24 South Main Street
Brigham City, UT 84302