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'The Cafe Plays': Local Playwright Shares The Culture Of 1940s At Historic Area Cafes

For playwright/director Lynda Linford, writing plays about Northern Utah restaurants in the 1940s was a way to gather inspiration for the future while connecting to her own history.

“I really wanted it to be a love letter to the good people of Northern Utah,” Linford said. “My dad, when he retired from football coaching, had a mink ranch. That man never had a holiday. And that is comparable to the restaurant business.”


“The Cafe Plays” focus on three restaurants in Northern Utah: The Bluebird of Logan, Lamb’s Grill Cafe formerly of Salt Lake City and The Idle Isle Cafe of Brigham City. Linford began researching the history of the cafes in 1995 during a sabbatical leave from Utah State University. Linford, who taught acting and directed at USU for nearly 35 years, said she was intrigued by the people frequenting the cafes and their sense of community. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.