About Us

restaurant owners

The Red Caboose Café has been family owned and operated since day one. We first opened our doors on August 14, 1994 in a small storefront located at Bullard and Minnewawa in Clovis, CA.

Teresa had worked for The Iron Horse Restaurant as a server which was owned and operated by her sister Anita. In 1994 they partnered together along with Richard, and The Red Caboose Café was born. After a few short months Richard and Teresa took over full ownership of the restaurant.

The early days of the business was a struggle, but with the help of our son and daughter, Jimmy and Pam, and a small staff the business was able to slowly grow. Teresa worked seven days a week running the restaurant and Richard worked at the restaurant on weekends while commuting to San Francisco during the week doing construction work.

store interior

With great support of the community, the restaurant grew, and we took over an adjoining space and went from seating 45 people to seating 120 people. As time moved on and with the expansion of Clovis, in 2009 the restaurant moved to its current location at Shaw and Academy in Clovis. It was a move with some uncertainty, the center was empty, but there were no other restaurants in the area to serve the rural community. Too much surprise, customers followed us from our former location and the community welcomed us with open arms.

We take great pride in being a family-ran restaurant, our daughter Pam is still working with us and Teresa's sister Anita is back at our side. Our staff are like family to us and they are dedicated to the service of our customers.

Our customers have also become like family to us, watching their families grow and now severing their children as adults with families of their own. We have been so blessed over the years and are so grateful for every customer that has come through our doors. It is because of you, the customer, that we able to continue to serve the community every day.

Richard and Teresa Claborn