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Pals Cabin Birthday

West Orange institution celebrates 80 years.

It started off as a modest hot dog stand - 10 feet by 12 feet - opened by two good friends in the midst of the Great Depression.

Besides serving hot dogs, the two "pals" - Martin L. Horn and Bion Leroy Sale - began charbroiling steaks as well. And in May of 1932, Pals Cabin was born.

Now, the West Orange institution, still located at 265 Prospect Ave., is celebrating its 80th birthday this Friday.

Known for its family-style dining and banquet rooms, Pals Cabin is still run by the descendents of the original owners.  

“I was there in the beginning,” W. Donald Horn, 83, son of the founder, said in a news release. “We have evolved over the years but our mission has remained the same: serve quality food at reasonable prices with friendly service."

The menu includes traditional steaks and chops, sandwiches, soups, burgers and a sizeable dessert selection.

To celebrate the restaurant's birthday weekend, the restaurant will have anniversary specials from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., including a $19.32 New York Strip Steak and $.80 for cream of mushroom soup.

The cabin will have souvenir menus, special menu pricing and anniversary keepsakes throughout the weekend. 

Clare Silvestri Krakoviak May 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I worked at Pals Cabin through college, and now my son helps out in the kitchen. For many years, prominent people in government, sports and entertainment have been dining there. It's definitely a West Orange institution. Congrats to the Horns and the entire Pals "family" on making it to 80!
Cliff Wilson May 16, 2012 at 04:36 PM
In March, 1958, I returned with my fighter squadron from a 9-month deployment on the USS Randolph to NAS, Jacksonville, Fla. I proposed to my beautiful southern belle and she said yes! So we arranged to take the train up to NJ so she could meet my parents. One night Pop arranged a special dinner at Pals Cabin to celebrate his "new daughter!" And it really was a special evening. Tomorrow, May 17, we will celebrate our 54th wedding anniversary, and still remember that special evening at Pals. Congrats, Pals family on your 80 great years. Hope to visit you again on our next trip to W.O. Cliff Wilson (WOHS Alum.) Jax, Fla.

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