We had to make one more visit to the Skies to see Diana and Phil and listen to Brant and Kelly. We will definitely miss these Wednesday nights until we get back next Fall.
Thanks to Diana’s blog I learned a whole lot about the Skies Bar and Grill. It was built in the early 50’s as a bordello. Then it became a bar and restaurant with a swimming pool. The swimming pool was eventually filled in and is now the dining room.
Quoting from their menu - “It has been written that Superstition Skies Restaurant and Bar stands as a ‘testament to the romantic history of Apache Junction,’ back when ladies of the evening, cowboys, and movie stars were a common sight here.”
The murals in the back room were all painted by Burnette Pletan. He is known as one of the world’s fastest painters. He painted this entire room in one day using a regular house paintbrush. Just incredible the talent involved.
When Apacheland was filming movies like “Charro” and “Death Valley Days”, many movies stars ate at the Skies. Ronald Reagan, Marty Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Elvis. Elvis especially liked coming to the Skies for dinner and always sat in his favorite booth. This booth has been maintained in its original state and sits in a back room off the dining area.
I have now been in Studio A in Nashville where Elvis did a lot of recording, I sat at the piano he used there, and I’ve now sat in the same booth he sat in for dinner in Arizona. How fun is that.
We definitely love this place and it will be a regular hang out spot for us whenever we are in AJ.