“It Just Might Work”
The Sugarloaf has a 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 (Ca-74). Remodeled and abandoned, I fell in love with the idea that I could breathe new life back into the Sugarloaf. Or if you’re local, “the ‘Loaf”.
From the very beginning of this adventure, I knew that the locals were going to be everything to me. I learned this lesson years ago, in Venice Beach, CA. I was born in Long Beach, but lived in Venice from 2006-2016. When I first moved to Venice, I knew my neighborhood and the people who lived there through chance encounters at coffee shops, local art and dance classes, and walks in the neighborhood. Venice Beach changed quickly, and over a short period of time became over run by young tech kids, famous people, and developers. Our neighborhood spots transformed into trendy coffee shops and boutiques. It felt like we locals mattered less and less.
Maybe I have a kind of PTSD from a feeling of loss of my neighborhood, but I really believe that locals deserve special treatment. I like the idea of nourishing those closest to me, and in this case it’s Pinyon Pines - my new home. I decided that we would build this nostalgic market and cafe to honor the role it has played over the years in bringing people together over food, locals and visitors alike. We kept the basic concept simple: The Sugarloaf serve would classic American food: Eggs, BBQ, Burgers, and Pie. We follow the seasons and change the menu when we find ingredients that we are really excited about, and make as much as we can afford to by hand. We respect your hard earned money, and hope that we have created a menu of value to you, so that you can eat here without breaking the bank. Our biggest goal is consistency: so please let me know what you think.
One of the first pieces of feedback I received was skeptical yet oddly supportive. After a lengthy critique of everything I was doing wrong and right, the customer wrote “I dunno….it just might work”, at the end of their email.
This immediately became my mantra.
The Sugarloaf Cafe & Market is OPEN Thursday - Monday from 8am to 8pm. We take Tuesday and Wednesday OFF to re-group and conserve water.