Wednesday, September 6, 2017

257 Lulu Street - Haynes' Chicken Shack

© 2017, Christian Cassidy
Place: Former Haynes' Chicken Shack
Address: 257 Lulu Street (Map)
Constructed: ca. 1912

Percy Haynes in 1943, U of M Archives, Winnipeg Tribune Collection

The Haynes' came to Winnipeg from British Guyana in 1912 and purchased this cottage-style house. William, a carpenter by trade, added a workshop area. There, they raised four sons: Alan "Chick", Clifford, Percy and Abram.

Percy became a noted sportsman, musician and labour activist. In 1932, he met Zena Bradshaw and the two became a duo on the night club circuit.

The pair married in 1943 and in 1952 decided to turn the workshop into a restaurant. Zena's sister, Alva Mayes, already well known for her fried chicken, was hired to run the kitchen.

Top: November 7, 1952, Winnipeg Free Press
Bottom; January 10, 1976, Winnipeg Tribune

Haynes' Chicken Shack became famous for its chicken, ribs and late night music.

Percy and Zena often entertained and iconic performers such as Billy Daniels, Oscar Peterson and Harry Belafonte would come jamwhen in town.

Zena Haynes died in 1990 and Percy in 1992. He worked at the restaurant until a week before his death.

Two long-time employees bought the restaurant, which closed in 1998.

Since then, it has been a residence. In 2012 it was boarded up.

For more, read my West End Dumplings blog post and Winnipeg Free Press column about the Haynes' and the Haynes Chicken Shack.

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