About the Floradora Saloon
The Floradora Saloon began in October 1973. Florie and Charlie Kane came straight from college to Telluride for skiing and to make a living. They actively operated the restaurant for six years. It was quite a challenge in those days with the seasonal activities and sparse festivals. When the Kane’s family began to grow in 1979 Howie Stern leased the business under the name of the Floradora Saloon. He actively managed the business several years. In 2005 Florie and Charlie’s middle son, Roscoe, joined the business as the chef to create a lively and fresh menu.
The Floradora Saloon was originally named from a Floradora Mine as well as a bed and breakfast called the Floradora. After opening the saloon the origin morphed into the Floradora Girls of the night who entertained the bar customers (imaginary, of course). Finally when the internet became a wonderful source to research names it was discovered that the Floradora Girls (spelled Florodora Girls) was the chorus line from a play in the late 1800’s. The Floradora Girls were known as “the most beautiful women on stage”. The play was quite popular for the era and the girls created a few scandals due to beauty, fame and finances. In 1930 Marion Davies starred in a film based on the play. Last but not least the Floradora Saloon was a bit of a play from Florie’s name.
We strive to make this restaurant a good representative of Telluride using fresh, local food with an innovative menu. The valley is truly beautiful and we hope to share it with our friends, neighbors and visitors.