In the early 1970s, Bob Prescott, founder and father of the current Candlelight Inn owner, Matt, was busy serving his guests at the Candlelight Inn in the 100 block or West Third in downtown Sterling. One of his regulars, a gentleman named Roger Young, came in to dine. Roger asked Bob for “something different.” Immediately, Bob thought about his fry cook George's new dish. George was de-boning and cutting up chicken breasts and lightly battering them. He then fried them up and served them – to himself. Even Bob hadn't tried them yet! Bob asked George to fix some up for Roger, and the rest is history.
Roger loved them, and asked Bob what he should ask for when he came in to eat the next time. Bob told him to ask for “Chicken George” because that was the name of the cook who made it. The news of this new chicken dish spread with people coming in requesting it before it even made it on the menu! Word of mouth had made Chicken George famous.
Named after the cook who brought it into the restaurant, the three Candlelight Inn Restaurants now serve an average of 6,000 pounds of Chicken George each week.
Fresh chicken tenders, hand-battered and deep fried to perfection, served with our house special, Jan's sauce.
Being a locally owned company, Candlelight Inn realizes how important the community is to our success. This is our way of rewarding our loyal customers while giving back to the community at the same time.
Candlelight Inn offers a fundraising program that allows groups to earn 10% of all local Candlelight Inn sales during a certain time period on a designated evening. We'll partner with organizations such as non-profits; church groups; relief groups, school groups tied to music, drama, speech, academics and athletics, etc.; civic organizations; and families dealing with terminal illnesses, catastrophic events or losses. If your group is not listed here, contact us at 815-625-2600 or email email@example.com. Click here to download a Candlelight Gives Back Fundraising packet for more information.
If you are an organization seeking donations or sponsorship from Candlelight Inn for your event or activity, please download and fill out our Donation/Sponsorship Request form, and turn it in to any Candlelight Inn Restaurant.