Four Generations of “Chicks”

Sixty-four years ago, Gaylen and Elva Wright bought Chick’s Café in Heber, Utah. In 2004, Gaylen passed away and Elva put the café in the hands of her daughter, Shelley, and daughter-in-law, Lynette. Now in 2018, Chick’s Café is still serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner on Heber’s Main Street.

Named for a little old lady that worked in the café before the Wright’s purchased it, Chick’s still features homemade goodness. Shelley explains, “My mom made the pies; now, Lynette’s sister makes them. We’re all homemade.”

Shelley started working at Chick’s when she was 14 years old. At almost 60, she is proud to say, “I’ve never had another job.” She and Lynette go in every day to keep Chick’s “runnin’ the same way,” with their mama’s scones and chicken fried steak.

“We have a lot of family,” notes Shelley, “that’s a blessing.” Lynette comes from a family of six girls; fi ve of them have worked at Chick’s. Elva, Shelley’s mom, had five sisters; four of them worked at Chick’s. She notes that “My dad taught his grandkids a strong work ethic in the café.”

Shelley explains, “I love the people. You get to know so many people. You get to know their lives. You worry about them when they don’t come in.” She describes the heartbreak she felt when a couple in their nine-ties stopped coming. “They’d been coming in since the Olympics, then his eyes got too bad to drive. We miss them.”

With Shelley’s nieces working, the cafe is home to…four generations of “chicks.”