Friday, April 22, 2011

One More Time

I know I've written a lot about Superstition Skies Restaurant and Bar in Apache Junction, but I just couldn't resist one more post. This place is a "testament to the romantic history of Apache Junction." My sister Barbara and "brother-in-law" Ron joined us there this Wednesday. That is the night my favorite band, Brant and Kerry, plays.


The entrance door is typical of many Arizona businesses.


And even though this is theoretically a suburb of Phonix, it is a whole different world. People actually ride horses to the bar. (Sorry this is so blurry - I was running after them to get a shot...)


The food is yummy, and huge!



And then there's Brant and Kerry, truly an amazing duo. We're dancing the "Nightclub Two Step" here. Doesn't have anything to do with the "Cowboy Two Step." We learned it last year in Texas.


But here's the amazing thing--I learned a lot about the history of the place. Early in the 50s it was a bordello for a few years. See that booth back in the corner? More on that later....


In 1985, one of the world's fasted painters, Burnette Pletan, painted all 4 walls of the back room, their dining room, in ONE DAY! He was listed in Ripley's "Believe It or Not." The murals show scenes of the Superstitions, Four Peaks and the high country during the four seasons.


And here's the booth back in the corner. Looks kind of old, huh? Back in 1969, the movie "Charro!", starring Elvis, was filmed near here. Elvis came here for dinner every night and sat in this booth. It has remained here ever since.

"Charro!" was the only Elvis film to feature no songs of his except the main title theme.


In all my years of RVing, I have never seen the saguaro cactus bloom. I am REALLY looking forward to it! I found this big guy down the street - it must have a thousand buds! I can't wait!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very good, I have never seen that 2 step y'all are very good and having fun at the same time.

Dan
Bubbadan

Barry and Linda said...

I was a student at ASU and never visited the Superstition Skies. I hope you get to see a desert bloom this year. Must be gettin' kind a hot there. Thanks for the history.

Jim and Sandie said...

Thanks for all the great info on our favorite spot. We'll be there Wednesday night. Can hardly wait.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

That is my kind of place, lots of food and fun. Plus riding in on horses and no guns. We learned the Texas version of the two step in Bandera, TX.

Handmade Crafts Done While RVing Blog said...

My husband make Elvis Barbie clothes - he loves Elvis. Your article was a lot of fun and as much as I loved the words my fav would be your last picture - how cool I have never seen such a thing... YOU DID GOOD:)

Happy Easter!!
Evielynne

E Squared and Mui said...

Never could get the hang of the two-step ... Texas or otherwise. Looking forward to seeing that saguaro when it blooms.

Me and My Dog said...

That looks like great fun - you're good dancers!
I'm looking forward to the photo of the cactus in bloom! :)

diana said...

I haven't seen the saguaro bloom either and am so looking forward to more desert spring pics!

Anonymous said...

Oh!!! Thanks for the flower pics..but the one of the bacon cheezburger!!!! If I didn't live an hour from a burger place, you could hear my door slam and the engine fire-up!!
upriverdavid

where's weaver said...

Need to write this place down so we can visit the next time we are in the area. Is that a hamburger or a side of beef? HUGE!

Sondra said...

You guys had a great night out by the looks of it!! WOW Elvis sat there? I liked Elvis--When my friend and I visited AJ we went to Apacheland and went inside the Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel it was very intersting to read about the history of movie making in the area--and see all the mug shots of the actors of yore-
ENJOY those blossoms when they open!!

Sarah said...

Anxious to see the saguaro blooms! Thanks for posting.

Barbara and Ron said...

I'm glad we finally made it. We had a great time!

Lynn said...

The artwork is beautiful and that food looks so yummy for sure :o)

On Da Road said...

I have never seen the saguaro's in bloom either .. on my bucket list. I look forward to your pics when they do!