For 70 years, The Chickenburger has been a destination for families and friends alike. Today, the historical landmark remains a community icon. It is also heralded as a Canadian gem, being the oldest drive-in diner in Canada.
From the beginning, the Chickenburger was built on quality and little has changed since its humble beginnings. The same chicken recipe crafted in 1940 is still used to ensure customers keep coming back for the same great taste. The commitment to quality products complimented by excellent customer service is the foundation on which The Chickenburger was built and still maintains. The founder and matriarch, Mrs. Innes, affectionately known to locals as, ‘The Chickenburger Lady’ was an integral part of quality control and her high standards will always be upheld.
The Chickenburger changed hands in 2007 to another family-owned organization, the MacDonalds. Now under the banner of The Micco Group of Companies, the MacDonalds intend to preserve the integrity of ‘The Chick’.
For the families involved, The Chickenburger isn’t a job—it’s a way of life. For the customers, whom we thank for their continued support throughout the decades--we hope you enjoy our story, one you helped pen.
Mr. and Mrs. Innes: Our Founders Bedford, NS in 1950
With Deep Regrets But A Legacy That Will Last a Lifetime...
It is with deep regret, we announce the passing of Mrs. Bernice Innes, founder of The Chickenburger. Mrs.Innes leaves behind a legacy of raising a family, while also building and managing a family business, The Chickenburger, which she founded in 1940 with her husband, Jack. Together, they created a Canadian gem reputed to be the oldest drive-in diner in Canada. In 2007, when The Chickenburger changed hands to the MacDonald family, Mrs.Innes continued to be an integral part of the ‘Chick,’ greeting customers who had become friends over the years and reminiscing with employees who were like an extended family.
In 2010, Mrs.Innes shared her memories of the last 70 years at The Chickenburger in a book dedicated to her husband entitled, “The Life and Times of The Chickenburger”. She chose for the proceeds of the book be donated to charity and to date, her memoirs have raised over $20,000 for charity and, is on its way to becoming a Canadian bestseller.
On behalf of The Chickenburger and Micco Companies, we extend our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Innes’ family. Mrs. Innes, affectionately known as "the chickenburger lady," touched many lives and leaves a lasting legacy where she will always be remembered.