By Philip Haldiman for The Arizona Republic
Colin “T.C.” Thorstenson visions Cave Creek as a mecca for Western entertainment. Over the years, the Wild West entertainer has turned some of his focus to developing two prime pieces of real estate in the heart of the town’s commercial core — with mixed results.
He has a couple of projects on the horizon, most recently a Western-theme restaurant and bar called Hogs and Horses, which is expected to open in the fall.
The 3.5KSF structure on about 9 acres will round out a “trifecta” of Western landmarks along the northern section of Cave Creek’s commercial core, with Buffalo Chip Saloon and Harold’s Corral to the north of the Hogs and Horses site.
The restaurant includes a 2.8KSF second-story deck large enough for about 300 customers overlooking a 110-foot by 240-foot arena with six bucking chutes.
The property has been home to the annual Running of the Bulls for the past two years. The festival is slowly becoming a staple in Cave Creek, and Thorstenson says he hopes to have the restaurant and bar open in time for the event in October.
Citing a big gap in Western entertainment in the Northeast Valley since Rawhide moved in 2005, Thorstenson wants Hogs and Horses to be a seven-day-a-week venue for Western entertainment.
Thorstenson’s boot print could also take form at a property he owns down the street from Hogs and Horses, OK Corral. A proposed recreational-vehicle park geared to the equine lifestyle is going through the permitting process.
Thorstenson has submitted a special-use permit application on his 5.5-acre property that would allow for a commercial ranch. If approved, it would open the door for as many as 36 rental spots for recreational vehicles with horse trailers.
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