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.