Caleb & Cassidy Thorne are the owners of The Golf Cabin Bar & Grill where they offer upscaled/casual food, a great cocktail selection, and a variety of beer & wine. Cassidy is a native of the Salida area where most of her family resides. In addition to owning The Golf Cabin with her husband, Cassidy is also co-owner of Pampered Soul MedSpa in Poncha Springs with her two sisters. Caleb comes from the heart of Southern California where he specialized in opening and operating restaurants throughout the southern California area as well as locations across the US. Together, Cassidy & Caleb have created an environment for golfers and nongolfers to come and enjoy some food, cocktails & views!
Caleb Thorne, owner of the Golf Cabin Bar & Grill, knows how to make a “mean burger.”
His restaurant at Salida Golf Club, 404 Grant St., opened March 16, 2022.
Thorne is originally from Huntington Beach, California. He started working at restaurants 24 years ago with a seafood restaurant in Newport Beach called Gulf Stream. Within a year he became a manager there, and upon moving to Los Angeles became a manager at three locations of Stout Burgers & Beers.
Thorne met his wife, Cassidy, a native Salidan, in LA where she was studying, and three years ago they moved to Salida together. When he first moved, Thorne was working from home in commercial mortgages.
After going to the course to play golf, Thorne found out from the previous owners, Justin and Shannon Clinton, that the restaurant was coming up for lease, and it was hard to refuse, he said, despite having no prior intention of returning to the restaurant industry.
“I love this building,” he said. “The fireplace mantel, I love the old logs, how sturdy it is. It just feels comfortable.”
What Thorne said he loves most about his current job is being a kind of caretaker of the place, and additionally being a part of the community.
The Golf Cabin serves weekly specials such as hot wings on Mondays, prime rib on Wednesdays and breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Thursday through Sunday, among others.
“I let the feel and history of the building dictate our menu,” he said. His personal favorite menu item, he said, is their BLT, for which he uses King’s Hawaiian bread. Sauces are made in house, and Thorne said he has a special recipe for his burgers and crispy chicken.
“I’ve been selling burgers for 15 years, and I’ve got a special trick up my sleeve,” he said.
The Golf Cabin has 14 employees, and the restaurant is always looking for good people, Thorne said. In the future, he said he hopes to jazz up the shack on hole 5, plus add a new patio near the scoreboard.
Proud Member of the Salida Chamber of Commerce
Salida Chamber of Commerce – June 5, 2023
“We had the pleasure of presenting June Business of the Month to Caleb Thorne of the @Golf Cabin Bar & Grill . Being recognized for Business of the Month comes with accolades via nominations from the public for being noteworthy of community involvement.
Besides being a steady employer and keeping their doors open 7 days a week, the team at the Golf Cabin do a lot to support the area. A few mentions include hosting the benefit, Shop With A Cop raising over six thousand dollars for the charity. Recently, a fundraiser was hosted for local, Kyndra Johnson who was chosen to represent the United States in Scotland for an invite only golf tournament. The Golf Cabin has donated to the “Chief of Police National Association” where proceeds go to men and women injured in the line of duty and to the White Heart Foundation, the Guardian Project which benefits our wounded veterans. In 2022, Caleb became a member of the Elks Lodge which is a benevolent organization which is dedicated to service to our communities and our Country.
The Golf Cabin prides itself on partnering with local business such as Heart of the Rockies Radio, Elevation Beer Co., Salida Brewery, SoulCraft, Vino Salida Winery and soon to be partnering with Little Red Hen bakery. The golf Cabin Features great local Chef talent, like Chef Paula Given and her incredible breakfast served Thursday- Sunday starting at 8 am. New Addition such as Chef Jamie Dennison and Chef James Franklin bring their elevated talent as well!
Caleb and the Golf Cabin team are proud of the seasonal food selection with a large menu with locally sourced produce. Everyone is welcome to enjoy some food and cocktails at the Golf Cabin Bar & Grill. The views are spectacular as a free added plus and the cabins ambiance a treat to experience.”