Key West in New Hartford, Connecticut
Blue Sky Foods is essentially a Key West Clam Shack with attitude! Located in New Hartford, Connecticut, along Route 44, this roadside cafe seems like it should belong down at the shoreline which is over an hour and a half a way.
Funky Eatery For Displaced Beach Bums
In fact, this funky eatery is somewhat of an oddity in a area known for its nearby ski slope (Ski Sundown) and country style shops. It's a rather "beachy" hang out for this New England town which is far from the ocean.
"Kick Back And Relax"
Locals adore this place because they get to kick back and "shoot the breeze" with owners Deb and Mike. If you want to have a little fun and a quick good meal...this is your place. You'll find the menus at the register tucked into a sand pail and Deb ready to take your order. Moments later, Mike is at the grill or in the kitchen and your order is up and ready quite promptly. It seems that you hardly have time to read the boat magazines or play some of the games on your table before your tray of food arrives.
Down The Road from "Kitsch n Stuff"
I'm a frequent flier to Blue Sky Foods, because my shop, "Kitsch and Stuff" is right down the road in The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford. Deb is like me...she adores flea markets and tag sales and has quite a collection of her own displayed throughout the shop. This eatery is stuffed with treasures (for view only) ..
Jimmy Buffet Fans
It is not a secret....Deb and Mike are "Parrot Heads" and you will find Jimmy Buffett music playing and Buffett memorabilia everywhere, as well as all kinds of beach and whimsical collectibles mounted on the walls, hanging from the ceiling, decorating the bathroom...you get the point. I especially like the laid back beach theme.....it's nice to be greeted by a few plastic flamingos when the snow is falling in New England.
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of Iantiqueonline.com an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café.
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