The Golden West Dining and Motel has been serving members of the Loyalton, California and Sierra Valley community since 1905. Starting as a saloon, it evolved into a full restaurant, motel and bar. We strive to provide excellent service and quality food. Our menu includes a range of salads, hot sandwiches and burgers. We serve pub-style fare as well as unique and fresh specials. We use only the freshest and finest ingredients. Our extensively trained chef, Travis Cone, creates fantastic weekend specials. We serve choice steaks and hand batter our chicken, fish and onion rings. Excellent prime rib is served every Friday and Saturday night along with a beautiful salad bar every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On the weekends we also serve our brunch menu from 10:30 AM to 1:30pm.
Our motel features clean, non-smoking rooms with a vintage feel.
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In existence in Loyalton, California since 1905, the current site of the Golden West is a place of rich local history including our ranching, mining and logging past.
"Originally known as Smith’s Neck, Loyalton's sentiment of loyalty to the Union Cause during the American Civil War led its name change in 1863. In 1901, Loyalton was incorporated, as a dry town, its size was set at 50.6 square miles. It was California’s second largest city after Los Angeles. Today, Loyalton is the only incorporated city in Sierra County. " www.cityofloyalton.com
In 1937 the saloon was known as Bricks Place and it was common that local miners and loggers were found ending their work day there. The Golden West Hotel was attached and it was owned by the Westalls.
By 1956 it had become a 3 story building and served as a boarding house where loggers would stay during the winter for $1.00 a night. Sadly, the Golden West Hotel was condemned in 1968, only the existing dining room was saved. In 1971 Bob Bowling took over Bricks place on a handshake for 5 years and served as bartender. In 1976 Bob and the Bowling family bought Bricks Place and renamed it to Golden West Saloon and added a full kitchen. They also restored the original dining room. In 1985, the current motel was added on by the Bowlings.
After a brief closure in 2011, the Golden West was purchased by a group of local business owners and community minded citizens and the Golden West Dining, LLC was formed. Managed by a team including Bob's daughter, Suzie Shelton, the family tradition of the Golden West continues.