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.
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.
The next chapter of the history of the Idle Isle Cafe started early in the year of 2015. Travis R. Porter, who had managed the family business from 1998 through 2007, returned to the business with the tremendous opportunity and responsibility to carry on this great legacy. In July 2015, Travis and his wife Jana, took over the ownership of the building and business. The history, vision, and legacy of the Idle Isle Cafe was much of what brought Travis back to the business. The Idle Isle Cafe remains a relative diamond in the rough, and the determination to let others know about this remarkable business was a significant motivation for the owners. “We want people to know who we are and what we are about. We want people to experience the Idle Isle Cafe, enjoy quality in food and service, and allow our guests to think back on better times in their own lives”.
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.
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!