History

Skies—a bar and restaurant that has been Superstition Skies Keeps Tradition Alive In one of the city’s oldest establishments By Bill Van Nimwegen The News around in one form or another since 1955. Janet Sotomayor, two-time owner of Superstition Skies, says that the establishment has been rehabbed to its original glory. “It is the last of Apache Junction’s old establishments,” she said. The rambling collection of buildings, patios and parking once hosted a bordello, a swimming hole, a restaurant and a whole lot of “legends.” Back when Apacheland was still operating as a movie and television location out on Kings Ranch Rd., Superstition Skies was popular with the actors and crew who stayed at the nearby Grand Hotel. The “legends” back then included Ronald Reagan (Death Valley Days), Elvis Presley (Charro!), Michael Parks (Then Came Bronson) as well as Kirk Douglas and Jaclyn Smith.

The restaurant provided celebrity diners with a semi-private banquet room with tables and booths so they could be more comfortable on their visits. The room had been a cabana originally, but after the property’s swimming pool was filled with dirt in 1972, the room was converted into a dining room. The walls of the room were painted with a colorful mural by Burnette Pletan—dubbed by Ripley’s Believe it or Not as the world’s fastest painter. Elvis had a favorite booth in the room which is still there today.

Today, Superstition Skies stands out as a comfortable dining spot featuring a new menu including BBQ and other favorites as well as entertainment most nights. Come learn country music steps with free dance lessons, live entertainment by local musicians and weekday happy hours from 3 to 7 p.m. Superstition Skies is located at 945 E. Scenic St. in Apache Junction. For more information call (480) 982-5726. They are open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.