Mom's Café is located on the first floor of the Marriott Library just inside the west entrance. The café offers packaged sandwiches, pizza, snacks, bottled beverages, and Rimini Coffee.
In addition to food and drinks, the 100-seat café provides a central gathering place for U of U students perfect for relaxing or connecting laptops and other personal computing devices. Indoor seating is available year-round and outdoor seating is accessible during the summer months.
In the early part of the 20th century, Myrtle Lee Markwell Fulton, known affectionately as Myrtie, opened a very simple hamburger stand in her front yard in Mesa, Arizona to support herself and her children. Located directly across from the a high school filled with teenage appetites, this makeshift hamburger stand, known as "Mom's Café," soon blossomed into a full-fledged restaurant.
As a busboy, dishwasher, member of the clean-up crew, and on special occasions, grill cook, Myrtie's son, Ira Fulton, learned the meaning of hard work. By observing his mother, he came to understand compassion, generosity, and giving. "My mom would always have a plate of food for those who came into the café hungry and unable to pay," said Fulton. "She never turned anyone away."
Myrtie's whole-heartedness has been passed on to her children and grandchildren just like the recipes for her famous chili and apple and pumpkin pies. In recognition of a generous gift to the Marriott Library from Ira and Mary Lou Fulton, our own Mom's Café will be a gathering place at the U of U for years to come.