Join Fiesta del Norte at the Cuckoo's Nest on Sunday, March 5, 2017 for a celebration of "Cinco de Lirious"— the most happening party in Old Saybrook, CT!!
Since 1976: A Tradition of Fun!
For Original owner Jim Fitzpatrick, the name "Cuckoo's Nest" is loaded with meaning. A plucky young Irish-American guy from Pelham, New York, his idea of establishing a Mexican restaurant in a 200-year old cattle barn in what was then a sleepy New England shoreline town was just a little cuckoo to begin with.
The Unique Atmosphere
The decor of the restaurant is rich with antique, farm-worn New England ephemera alongside colorful artifacts from south of the border, creating a surprisingly comfortable - and somewhat cuckoo - ambience. The restaurant has also built a patronage that is similarly eclectic, serving great food and beverages at reasonable prices to people from all walks of life. As Jim puts it, “This place draws a living library of individuals, including carpenters, teachers, clerks, doctors, lawyers and Indian Chiefs.”
Today, after numerous expansions, the Cuckoo's Nest boasts unique dining areas on two floors, an intimate bar area, and an outdoor patio with full bar. A dedicated and diverse staff of professionals serves as many as 100,000 meals in any given year, and menu items range from favorite Mexican dishes to unique specialties to please any palate. It's not surprising that folks up and down the shoreline, and those just passing through, find the Cuckoo's Nest so worthwhile and lovably cuckoo!