Our Historic Location is home to both a Market and a Dining Room

 The Sugarloaf has history along Highway 74 which spans generations. Once the Nightingale Camp, this location housed and fed the workers who built the Palms to Pines Highway. Remodeled and abandoned, we fell in love with this location and couldn’t wait to infuse it with BBQ, coffee, and pie.

Our Market is Open every day from 7am-5pm, and sits next door to our dining room.

Dining Room is Now open Thursday - Sunday!

Breakfast 9-11am

Lunch 11am - 3pm

Happy Hour 3-4pm

Dinner 4-9pm

No reservations required, come as you are!

 

Location

70111 Highway 74
Pinyon Pines, CA

Map it!

Phone

(442) 400-9674

Email

info@thesugarloafcafe.com

 


 

MENUS

From world-class biscuits to soups n’ stews, burgers & sandwiches to smoked meats & comfort sides, our famous salads & pot pies, and even a secret vegan plate… we’ve got something for everyone and it’s all homemade from scratch, with the freshest local ingredients.

We flew our chef out from fine kitchens in NY to relocate in Pinyon and pride ourselves on being a “five star restaurant in a two star location.”

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Beer & Wine

 
Two eggs any style with house-made sausage, baby yukon gold potatoes, a sweet griddle biscuit and homemade preserves…

Two eggs any style with house-made sausage, baby yukon gold potatoes, a sweet griddle biscuit and homemade preserves…

Roadhouse Burger made with hand-ground Angus beef, caramelized onions, cheddar, bacon, lettuce, mayo and dijon on a potato roll…

Roadhouse Burger made with hand-ground Angus beef, caramelized onions, cheddar, bacon, lettuce, mayo and dijon on a potato roll…

Smoked Chicken rubbed in garlic & herbs and smoked over local mesquite with cornbread and creamed collards…

Smoked Chicken rubbed in garlic & herbs and smoked over local mesquite with cornbread and creamed collards…

 

NOW OPEN!

We can’t wait to welcome you for an early morning coffee, a pitstop, or for a full sit down meal. Stop by our Market 7 days a week for coffee, baked goods or convenience groceries… soon to be home to local makers and goods as well! Or come have a seat in our Dining Room for Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour or Dinner, Thursday through Sunday.

Enjoy live music by local musicians Friday & Saturday nights (or sometimes on a Sunday afternoon - check our Facebook page for our line-up!) Follow us on Instagram for a daily peek and all the latest. And please, if you stop in, introduce yourself. We’d love to get to know you, the community, and all who past through. These are the stories that make up who we are. And if you’d like to know a little about us, keep scrolling for our story…

The Sugarloaf lay waiting for someone just crazy enough to bring her back to life; and we were in the perfect place at the perfect time, with the right intention and a track record of excellence in the kitchen.

The support of this community has been overwhelming; and we are truly grateful to be here.

 
 

A Little About Us…

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Gabbi Rose

Born in Long Beach, CA, Gab began her work in hospitality at a young age by delivering pizza on her bicycle. By the time she went away to study Art in Chicago, she’d worked her way through city college by washing dishes, tending to the needs of diners, and assisting in the management of operations.

After graduating with a degree in Fine Art from SAIC, Gab founded an online hula hoop fitness brand. What began as a passion for movement became a business in 2005, and grew quickly into the largest distributor of hula hoops in the country. After 10 years of working as the spokesperson for the brand, Gab sold the company and focused on hosting dinner pop ups and parties at her compound in Venice Beach. Known as Rose On Palms by a select group of locals, Gab explored the way friends gather through food and music, and became a very well kept secret off Abbot Kinney.

Gab chose to sell the compound in 2016 and bought a boutique hotel property in Palm Springs, she called The Green Door. She moved from Venice to be full time in the desert a short while later. The hotel became a version of Rose On Palms in the desert; quiet and unmarked, she hosted Playboy for Coachella and married friends and guests around the pool.

Although there are a lot of places to eat in Palm Springs, Gab prefered to cook for her clients frequently, and longed for a proper kitchen to cook in. She tried many different options before deciding to invest in a restaurant by partnering with her longtime colleague Wesley Barden: the early seeds of Sugarloaf had been sewn.

Her memories of Summers spent in Idyllwild with her Italian family drew her up the mountain. When her daughter was accepted to the Idyllwild School of the Arts, she moved her residence up to the small wooded town where she finally felt at home. Commuting to The Green Door almost daily, Gab passed right in front of The Sugarloaf and like so many other Highway 74 drivers, wondered why it was empty. Her fascination grew, and as soon as it came on the market Gab knew it was the perfect place to expand her offering to the people of the mountains and desert alike. She knew she wouldn’t have trouble talking Wesley into it.

Wesley left his position in New York almost immediately to partner with Gabbi at the Sugarloaf.


CHEF WESLEY BARDEN

Wesley is an incredible chef, but he’s not a big fan of selfies of self-promotion. He has worked in very fine kitchens, and learned from each. He is calculated, creative, and dedicated to the craft of cooking.

The Chef loves natural light, incredible produce, and riding his Harley.

The Chef loves natural light, incredible produce, and riding his Harley.