Cabin first opened its shutters to the public on May 18,
1932. The little 10' by 12' "Cabin" was opened as a summertime
venture by two "Pals" Martin L. (Marty) Horn and Bion Leroy
(Roy) Sale. It was in the midst of the great depression, banks
were closing and jobs were scarce. Marty Horn often said when
commenting on Pals' beginning: "it was better than selling
apples on a street corner."
it was better - and the business the two "pals" did that
first summer gave them the courage to keep going. Quality
and value were of paramount importance to the two "pals" and
because of it, the little cabin began to grow. Addition after
addition was completed until today, where Pals Cabin is nationally
known as one of America's great restaurants. "The Cabin" has
been owned and operated by the Horn Family continually since
1932. Today a third generation of the Horn Family conducts
so today, you are not just eating in another restaurant
but rather you are dining in a place where a "Heritage of
Hospitality" has been established over the years not only
by the Horn Family but by the many loyal friends and patrons
who dine here regularly.
over 65 years at Pals Cabin, we extend to you, our very
special customers, our heartfelt thanks for your loyal and
friendly patronage. It is you that has made it possible for
our little "hot dog stand" that opened in 1932 to grow into
this nationally known restaurant.
When my late father, Martin L. Horn, Sr., and his late partner,
Roy Sale, opened the original Pals Cabin, it was a 10' by
12' hot dog stand...just a summertime venture. The great depression
was in its depth and, as my father always said to me, it was
better than selling apples on a street corner. "Marty" and
"Roy" as they were popularly known obtained permission to
"squat" on the property. They eventually enclosed the little
stand, and the development of Pals Cabin as it is know today
was on its way.
1935, the "pals" got the idea of serving a charcoal broiled
steak for 50 cents. Pals thus became one of the first restaurants
to popularize this method of broiling at reasonable prices.
In quick time, the business began to grow spectacularly, and
the two "pals" incorporated Pals Cabin under the name Horn
Sale Inc. When the little business was incorporated, my father's
sister, my Aunt Josephine Simmons, popularly known to Pals
patrons as "Jo" joined the business as a "third pal."
In 1940, my brother, Marty, Jr., and I started to work in
Pals doing tasks such as washing glasses, filling coffee creamers,
waiting on customers at our counter and busing...in other
words, learning the business.
the time we had graduated from college, my brother from
the Cornell School Hotel Administration and I from Seton Hall
University, we were actively engaged in managing all phases
of the restaurant. My sister, Carol, after raising her family
also became involved in the family enterprise.
A Third Generation
Today the restaurant is operated by a third generation of
Horns, my sons, Don, Jr., Peter, Jimmy and Marty. They have
learned well from previous generations and are indoctrinated
with the idea of maintaining quality in all the restaurant's
operations. ...And A New Venture Started In 1987 In 1987,
the Horn Family purchased a 5,000 acre working cattle ranch
in Dayton, Wyoming where we are dedicated to the raising of
quality beef. It is managed at this time by my oldest son,
Don, Jr., who lives there with his wife Eileen and their five
we continue our seventh decade in business, we pledge
to you, our customer, that we will continue to purchase the
finest food available and to serve it to you at reasonable
prices and in pleasant surroundings.
addition to Pals, we invite you to also visit our other
restaurant, Mayfair Farms, owned and operated by the
Horn Family as well.