A new restaurant recently began operation at Golden Hills Trail Rides and Resort in Raymondville, but its owners aren’t just cooking and serving food.

The restaurant is called The Hideout Café and is now open for business four days a week. But owners Rich and Donna Adams plan to also conduct several other ventures, some of which are already in progress.

After a vacation at Golden Hills in May, the Adams couple decided to change up their lives and move from the Oklahoma City area to Texas County. Donna’s sister Karen Duitsch decided to join them as a business partner and moved here from east Texas to help out.

“For quite a while we had talked about moving away from Oklahoma,” Rich said, “and because of the beauty here and the availability of the kind of trail riding we like to do, this was a very attractive place to us. We decided we wanted to take a chance and go from the corporate world to doing something we would love, even if it meant working harder than we already were.”

“And Karen was the same way – she decided to dump the rat race and move to Missouri,” Donna said.

The Adams describe the menu at The Hideout Café as featuring home-cooked style food at an affordable price. They use out-of-the-ordinary buns for their burgers, and hand-bread their chicken strips.

“We don’t necessarily have anything that’s hugely different from other places, but we try to do everything homemade using high-quality ingredients,” Donna said.

The Hideout also offers fresh made dessert specialty items, and whole pies and cakes are available.

While living in OKC, Rich (who was in nursing for 30 years) and Donna (who spent 21 years in the banking industry) ran a weekend business offering pony parties. They now have the same thing available here, with 11 ponies in the fold.

“It was huge there,” Donna said. “We’re fortunate that we have an arena and a round pen to use here. And of course, with the restaurant, we have food available.”

Under the name Painted Sky Horse Adventures, the Adams also offer horse rental for trail riding seven days a week. With eight horses currently available in their stable, they can cater to individuals or groups, and riders are guided by a woman familiar with Golden Hills’ vast trail system.

“There’s nobody in this area who knows them better,” Rich said.

The Adams even offer horse boarding for anyone wishing to leave a horse for an extended period.

In addition to running a restaurant and offering several horse-oriented activities, the Adams are hosting consignment auctions on weekends. The first one takes place this Sunday (Sept. 22) at 1 p.m.

“There will be almost anything and everything available, except livestock,” Rich said. “We’ve already had quite a bit of response for this first try.”

Rich said the goal is to have an auction once a month, each time including a gun raffle. Future plans include adding horse auctions, beginning next spring.

“With the camping, RV hookup and motel rooms that are available here, that should work well for people,” Donna said.

As if all the rest wouldn’t keep them busy enough, the Adams also plan to begin a concert series at Golden Hills, and have spoken to local radio personnel about potential options.

“We’re exploring what might work and what people might come to see,” Rich said. “We want to stay with family entertainment, with maybe bluegrass or gospel. There will be more to come on that.”

With help from Duitsch (who was also a long-time nurse), Rich and Donna plan to soon begin offering a buffet on given days and nights at The Hideout, and intend to stock it with items not found elsewhere.

“We know there are a lot of other buffets in the area, and we don’t want to seem like we’re trying to take away from what they’re doing,” Rich said. “We want to find our own direction and offer something unique.”

Donna said Golden Hills owners Chuck and Kay Golden provided numerous tools to help get the restaurant started.

“That gave us a chance to jump right in,” Donna said.

“They’ve been very supportive and we appreciate everything they’ve done for us,” Rich said. “Now we really need the support of the people, and we hope we can provide them reasons to come here often.”

“There are so many things we want to do here,” Donna said. “This is a challenge, but we absolutely love it here. We hope it all works out.”

The Hideout Café is currently open Monday, Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone number is 417-457-6071.

For more information about the restaurant, auctions, or any other aspect of the Adams’ business ventures, call Rich at 417-260-1747. The phone number at Golden Hills is 417-457-6222.

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