I know the news out of the UK isn’t uplifting today. That human-animal hybrid thing is certainly bad – though in many ways, not surprising. So I thought I’d go looking for fun stories to act, you know, as counterbalance. I’m afraid I was only mildly successful…
The Merry Wives Cafe, located in Hilldale, Utah, is owned and operated by polygamist group members with a sense of business, humor and public relations. The cafe opened last year to give locals and travelers a place to eat. The owners also opened it as a way to gently confront polygamy’s battered image. It is not immediately obvious that the cafe has any connection to polygamy, though to sharp diners, there are clues.
“We’re not trying to shove [polygamy] in people’s faces,” says manager Cherise Dutson. “But, this is how we live, and it’s our heritage.”
Diners looking closely at the decades-old family portraits on the café walls will notice a common theme: a single patriarch, multiple wives and multitudes of kids.
And then there’s the café’s name and logo. “The Merry Wives” is borrowed from Shakespeare, and the logo depicts three cooks, all women and, presumably, plural wives.