The Horny Toad Celebrates Forty-Three Years in Cave Creek

This month, Cave Creek’s The Horny Toad celebrates its 43rd anniversary, and the family-owned restaurant and bar will hold a celebration Saturday, Sept. 21, with live music, giveaways and special pricing on a few of their famous menu items.

From 11am to 10pm, patrons can enjoy food and drink specials including:

  • Two pieces of Fried Chicken and quarter Rack of Ribs for $11.69 – That’s $4.30 off the regular price.
  • Half order of Strawberry Shortcake for $4.30.
  • Drink specials for $4.30, which include the House Margarita, Michelob Ultra, Coors Light and The Horny Toad’s very own Horny Toad Draft.

Music will fill the patio from noon to 4pm. Entertainment for the celebration will be provided by the talented performers of Rock the District. Along with the giveaways throughout the day, this event will offer fun for the whole family.

The Horny Toad is located at 6738 East Cave Creek Road. For additional information, call 480.488.9542 or visit www.thehornytoad.com.

Western Festival Returns With Three Days Of Family Fun

Arizona Wild West Festival will take place March 10-12 in Cave Creek. Admission is free to the public. This one-of-a-kind event will feature a number of signature, family-friendly activities, period vendors and other western entertainment throughout its three-day run.

“This is the second year for this unique western/music festival,” says Fran Booth, ABC, chair of the event. “Festival attendees will enjoy everything from gunfight performances and team treasure hunts to a professional stuntman rivalry, wild and crazy western entertainment and some of the best music in the territory. There has never been a festival like it in Arizona.”

Crowds will roar as the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse hosts an evening of high intensity bull riding, known as Battle with the Saddle, Friday March 10. Bull riding takes place at 8pm, 9:30pm and 10:45pm.

Festivities kick off Saturday, March 11, with a patriotic salute to the country and its veterans. Presented by Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse  on the west lot of Frontier town at 11:30am.

Kickin’ ‘n Pickin’, held Saturday, March 11, features western, country western and southern rock bands battling for the top title as the best local western band around. The one-day music event, which will be judged, will conclude with a prize for the winning musical act. The Horny Toad will feature music for judging at 1pm; the Buffalo Chip’s band will play for judges at 2pm; the Silver Spur Saloon at 3pm; Rock the District’s Homestretch teen band will compete at the Buffalo Chip at 5pm; and Outlaw Annie’s at 7pm.

Guns of Anarchy will feature gunfighter performers from around the U.S. during a competition for first, second and third place cash prizes, the largest purse in the West. The competitions take place on the west lot of Frontier Town, 11am-3pm on March 11 and 11am-2pm, March 12.

Elegance in History, where contestants showcase their best in period-correct wardrobe, will be professionally judged on the west lot of Frontier Town, March 11 at 11am.

A screening of the Arizona full-length western film, Copper Wind, takes place at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion on the evening of March 11; sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln. No-host cocktails prior; March 11 from 4:30-8pm.

Rock the District features teen bands playing their best country music for the crowds at Big Earl’s Greasy Eats. March 11 is a “band-off” between rockers and crooners; March 12 bands play for fun; the musicians play both days from 12-2pm.

Hooligan’s Treasure Hunt takes place March 11, 12-1:30pm. Teams of two to four receive a set of clues for this fun western treasure hunt from representatives on the west lot of Frontier Town then figure out where to find “treasures “at each stop; the first three winning groups receive a prize.

Bust the Dust is an action-packed event March 11, 12-2pm, at Outlaw Annie’s arena featuring some of Arizona and Hollywood’s best stuntmen compete on an arduous obstacle course filled with high falling, knuckle brawling challenges for prizes and bragging rights. Come between 8-11am for a cowboy breakfast and Bloody Mary bar.

On March 12, the activities kickoff with Church at the Chip at 9am at the nostalgic Buffalo Chip Saloon

Six Gun Entertainment, LLC in conjunction with Cavecreeklive.com, Booth Communications, Inc., Southwest Stunt Association, Southwest Industrial Rigging, Sanderson Lincoln and other community sponsors, produces Arizona Wild West Festival. For more information, call 602.400.3330 or visit www.cavecreeklive.com.

The Horny Toad Celebrates 40 Years

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Glenn and Marian Price

Few restaurants and saloons survive to experience four decades in business. However, The Horny Toad continues to grow and thrive as it celebrates its longevity in Cave Creek.

Glenn and Marian Price, who purchased The Horny Toad in 1976, had more than 25 years of experience as restaurant owners in Michigan. Today, son Jeff Price is managing partner along with the managing staff of Tom Price, Pam Hurst and Jim Leonard. The restaurant’s chef, Don Dantine, has been with The Horny Toad for more than 28 years, and approximately 35 employees now work for the historic establishment.

The Horny Toad’s original building was a home in 1932. Prior to the Price’s purchase of the property, the establishment was known as Dirty Will’s Mustache Cup; Dirty Will was a supervisor at the Cave Creek dump.

“It was quite – and remains – an interesting place,” says Frank Imel, who has provided construction and maintenance for the complex since its purchase. “In the early days, the saloons in town were Harold’s (a very tiny bar at the time), The Maverick (now the Buffalo Chip), The Horny Toad and The Treehouse restaurant. Visitors had to wait three or four hours to get into these places because there were so few to choose from.

 

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Jeff & Tom Price

Jeff Price says that his grandfather had the first liquor license in Indiana after prohibition, and after years in the restaurant business there, his parents moved to Cave Creek to open The Horny Toad. Price worked for his dad for about five years before Price senior retired.

“The Horny Toad is the oldest, originally-owned restaurant in Cave Creek,” says Price. “Years ago, people rode their horses to our establishment and tied them right outside. From the beginning, and ongoing today, I have been blessed with a dedicated management team and the most committed wait staff around,” he says. “Their ideas are important to our success and I value their input. Everyone who works here is like family.”

Over the years, the restaurant has made many changes. The original tiny kitchen was expanded dramatically to feature a barbecue cooking station, a large food prep area, more refrigeration, coolers and storage. The restaurant’s newest seating area features a wall made from rocks from New River. Roughly 15 years ago, a large, dog-friendly patio was added to the west side of the restaurant with more additions planned in the coming months.

The Horny Toad Shops, behind the restaurant, originally incorporated only 620 square feet. The first shop, constructed in 1931, was a tack room and feed storage room. At the end of 1976, a pottery store and an Indian rug retailer came to life followed by bike rentals and unique retail.

The Horny Toad, which is located on roughly five acres in the center of historic Cave Creek, offers signature dishes including made-from-scratch fried chicken, barbecue chicken and homemade secret barbecue sauce, pork and beef ribs and mesquite-grilled porterhouse, top sirloin and rib eye steaks, prime rib and award-winning strawberry shortcake.

Why do people still flock to this 40-year-old restaurant/bar?

“Consistency in food quality, customer service, hard work, a little luck and a great vision to make each customer’s experience a memorable one,” says Tom Price. “The management team is committed to this brand and all it has come to mean to the customers who grace this special place.”

The Horny Toad is located at 6738 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480.488.9542 or visit www.thehornytoad.com.

 

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