In the postwar era, the Lodge was owned by neighbors whose children still enjoy Saddle Peak today. From the early sixties to the mid-eighties the Lodge was owned and run by Bud & Jean Simmert. During that time they added a new dining room and second-floor bar and decommissioned the hitching post at the front door. Bud was the cook, and Jean the hostess. Jean had memorable, sparkling lights in her hair. and her beautiful landscape paintings adorned the red-flocked covered walls on the first floor, and the gold-flocked colored walls on the second.
In 1985 the Lodge changed significantly, all it’s history marshaled toward becoming the unique establishment it is today. The entire structure was renovated by the then owner, Grand American Fare Inc., also owners of the famous Oar House in Santa Monica. The vision of its founder, Al Ehringer, created the unique ambiance that we experience at Saddle Peak today–its massive timbers and log walls, its native rock booth, its hunting and fishing gear, its elegant salon paintings, and its fantasy and warmth.
Old friends contributed memorabilia ranging from objects of fine art to relics of the Old West. Books of every kind moved from private libraries of guests, line beautifully crafted shelves. The badger on the south wall? A gift from a grateful diner who thought it needed to go there. An antique spoon collection, old hunting and fishing gear, dreamy landscapes, birds, animals, fish—all collected with meticulous care to recapitulate a history shared by generations of friends.
In late 1992, Saddle Peak Lodge was purchased and revitalized by Ann Graham Ehringer Ph.D., then an executive coach and professor of business management at the University of Southern California.
In late 2016, Saddle Peak Lodge was sold by Ann Graham Ehringer to Deep Sethi and will continue to uphold its tradition while evolving to meet the needs of current Restaurant standards and guest desires.
419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, California 91302, United States