Ron Leidner loves the restaurant business, and he serves up the ideal fare for success…
the Hot Stove Saloon™ way.

Ron, a New Jersey native, came to Cape Cod, MA and entered the restaurant business following a successful career in the United States Armed Forces. A veteran of both the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard, his resume includes a four-year tour of duty on a submarine and service as a helicopter pilot for 12 years following completion of Navy Flight School.

His ‘first course’ was running a 200-patron establishment located on one of Cape Cod’s picturesque harbors, which offered both indoor and outdoor (harborside) seating. After successfully running this restaurant for a number of years and subsequently selling the business, he opened the Hot Stove Saloon in 2005.

Sure, there are a number of ‘sports bars’ and ‘sports restaurants’ in the United States, but the Hot Stove Saloon™ model is different in a couple of key ways. First, its sports motif is all baseball. Patrons will see memorabilia from days gone by, along with many current reminders of America’s favorite pastime. But hockey sticks, footballs and other sports items? Not on the Hot Stove Saloon™ premises.

In fact, Ron points to The Cape Cod Baseball League as inspiration for his décor. The CCBL is the premier amateur baseball league in the US and has been since 1885. Many a Major Leaguer got his start with the CCBL, including former Red Sox Center Fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (Falmouth 2004), American League Manager of the Year Eric Wedge (Yarmouth-Dennis ’88) and New York Yankees Manager Joe Giarardi (Cotuit 84). Widely recognized as the best amateur summer leagues in the country by college coaches and professional baseball scouts, the CCBL indirectly plays a key role in the Hot Stove Saloon™ expansion plan.

Teams are located in Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Cotuit, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Orleans, Wareham and Yarmouth-Dennis. And, that is, not coincidentally, where the Hot Stove Saloon™ initial franchising opportunities lie. Ron’s vision is to locate a Hot Stove Saloon™ restaurant in every town that hosts a Cape Cod Baseball League team.