Historic Sites of Manitoba: Haynes Chicken Shack (257 Lulu Street, Winnipeg)

In 1912, this building on Lulu Street in Winnipeg became home to the Haynes family when they arrived here from British Guiana. In 1952, Zena Haynes (wife of Percy Haynes) and her sister Alva Mayes opened a restaurant that featured such staples of southern US cooking as fried chicken, chicken tamales, barbecued spareribs, chili con carne, and creole shrimp. It also became renowned for live music performances. Haynes Chicken Shack closed in September 1996.

The former Haynes Chicken Shack

The former Haynes Chicken Shack (September 2019)
Source: George Penner

The former Haynes Chicken Shack

The former Haynes Chicken Shack (April 2021)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90835, W97.15579
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Piercy Augustus “Percy” Haynes (1911-1992)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba


Advertisement [Haynes Chicken Shack], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 November 1952, page 4.

“Successful city restaurant began with young girl's dream,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 February 1988, page 13.

“Landmark restaurant closes doors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 September 1996, page 7.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 January 2023

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