Dea Sparks, founder of Dea’s In & Out, Inc. had a dream of owning his own business. He was a young man with a business mind and a family to provide for. His journey began at Keller’s Pastry where he worked as a baker. Here, he developed the skills needed to bake his famous Longburger Buns.
In 1953 his dream became reality when he purchased a business that would soon after become Dea’s In & Out. Located on Powell, the original Dea’s was a small Drive-Thru Restaurant. The menu was made up of Burgers, Hot Dogs, Fries, Milk Shakes and Soda. Dea baked his own Buns, hand molded the Burger Patties and cut Fresh Fries to order. Business was successful and in 1962 Dea expanded his tiny Drive-Thru, adding a walk-up window and a small inside area. Dea’s became a favorite hang-out for teenagers and families alike.
Times began to change, and in 1970 Powell was widened, which required Dea’s to relocate. A new Restaurant was built on Burnside Rd. It included a Drive-Thru, Dining Room and Game Room complete with a walk-up order window. Not only was this a change in location, but a change in business too. Dea’s offered more menu items and began serving Breakfast. Dea’s was incorporated in 1976 and the Longburger was copyrighted.
Dea’s wife, Laura Sparks (most knew her as “ev”) could always be found working the deep fryer and walk-up window. She was the heart of the kitchen and the deep fry queen until her retirement in 2009. She ran the kitchen effortlessly and the employees and customers loved her.
A 2nd location was opened on Orient Drive and was operated by Dea’s Mother-In-Law (Leota Newman). The 3rd Dea’s was operated by Dea’s Sister-In-Law (Loreta Sheppard) and was located in Sandy. Sadly, neither of these locations is still in existence.
Dea’s on Burnside expanded in 1986 to create a larger dining area and kitchen. A small bar was added in 1994 and has grown to accommodate Lottery Machines and a full Bar Menu. Pat Sparks and his wife, Becky Sparks, operate the bar. The menu offers a wide selection ranging from the classic Longburger to Steak and Pasta.
Dea and Laura Sparks retired after 57 years. Their sons, Mike and Pat Sparks, now run the business as a team. Mike’s Daughter, Kasey, manages the morning shift and oversees the development of the espresso operation. Pat’s son, Clint, helps with clerical operations. Together, the 2nd and 3rd generations are working to uphold the standards that Dea’s longtime customers have come to expect.
When coffees were first blended centuries ago, they were undoubtedly much different than what’s grown in today. Our Espresso Roast creates the perfect base for our espresso drinks. Our Espresso is expressive and subtle enough to be enjoyed as a straight shot, yet assertive enough for the perfect latte.
The word mocha became associated with chocolate because Europeans’ first experiences with cocoa, in the 17th century, reminded them of the bittersweet coffee they imported from Yemen. As with any coffee, the quality of the origin coffees is everything. And in our case they’re outstanding, with a full body and rich, delicious complexity.