“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 bring new life back into the Sugarloaf, or “the ‘Loaf” as the locals call it.

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 serves classic American food. We follow the seasons and change the menu when we find ingredients that we are really excited about.

One of the first pieces of feedback I received was skeptical yet oddly supportive. The customer wrote “….it just might work”, at the end of their email. This immediately became my mantra.

The Sugarloaf Cafe is OPEN Thursday - Monday from 8am to 8pm. We take Tuesday and Wednesday OFF to re-group and conserve water.

The Sugarloaf Market is OPEN 7 days a week (we close at 3pm on Tuesday and Wednesday).

See Menus below for more details.

 

Location

70111 Highway 74
Pinyon Pines, CA

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Phone

(442) 400-9674

Email

info@thesugarloafcafe.com

 


 

MENUS

Everything we make in the kitchen starts with love. We hand grind fresh chuck to make incredible burgers, and we bake pie by hand. From our sandwiches to smoked meats & comfort sides, we are creating the very best we can offer you at 4020ft up the mountain. We cater to those with dietary restrictions, and offer both vegan and vegetarian options. Ask your server for details.

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…

 

 
 

(Good things come in small packages)

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Gabbi Rose

The only thing you need to know about Gab is that she is all the good shades of crazy. 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 many a restaurant operation.

After graduating with a degree in Fine Art from SAIC, Gab founded an online hula hoop fitness brand. Yes, you read that right. What began as a passion for movement became a business teaching people how to move, and her company scaled from garage production into a successful international business. Gab has been interviewed live on Good Morning, America, Dr. Oz, and Real Money with Ali Velshi, and has been quoted in countless fashion and fitness magazines. She was once referred to as “the leading expert in Hula Hoop history” by the New York Times. I mean, where do you even go from there? After 10 years of working as the spokesperson for the brand, she felt she had taken hula hooping as far as she could, and sold the company.

Without Hula Hoop related business to conduct, hosting dinner pop-ups and parties at her compound in Venice Beach became her passion. Known as Rose On Palms by a select group of locals, Gab explored the way friends gather through food and music, and her home 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; although quiet and unmarked, she hosted Playboy for Coachella, operated the hotel “word of mouth”. The hotel is currently closed for renovations.

The Sugarloaf called in Gabbi’s love of making the impossible, possible. In a remote location with limited resources, she has found a unique set of challenges. Her desire to create a special experience in the middle of nowhere parallels a love of community and food, and she is a frequent, charismatic presence in the dining room.