So perhaps you have heard that Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has opened a cafe at Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine. That’s right, the rock and roller is rolling out his certified organic coffee slopeside in the restaurant formerly known as the Phoenix House at South Ridge.
Sunday River’s newest dining spot is the Rockin’ & Roastin’ Café & Restaurant. Krammer is in cahoots with Les Otten, former vice chairman of the Boston Red Sox and previous owner of Sunday River and the former American Skiing Co. Makes sense that Les Otten would hand over the reigns from the Phoenix, so he can focus on his revitalization plans of the Balsams in New Hampshire.
Sunday River’s family friendly fun eatery Rockin & Roastin offers Aerosmith music memorabilia and menu entrees that tribute the great band. How about ordering up “Janie’s Got a Bun” and “Livin’ on a Wedge”?
This new ski resort coffee and brew news got me to thinking, and a DownEast magazine editor asked me for ideas on other mountain diners and dives’ potential dish names. Here’s what I thought up:
“Sweet Dreams” Sugar Shack at Sugarbush, Vermont, owned by the Eurythmics
“Papa Don’t Preach” Pizza Bar serving Madonna’s Mozzarella Pie at the base of Madonna Mountain at Smugglers Notch, Vermont.
Camden Snow Bowl “Rock Lobster” shack in the Lodge – run by the B52s
“Baby You Were Born to Run” take out taco stand at Big Sky Montana, run by the boss- Bruce Springsteen
“Whip It” Coffee Bar at Sugarloaf – with baristas from Devo making frothy triangular loaf logos on everyone’s fancy coffees.
“American Pie” pizza parlor , with Don McLean working the pizza oven at Alta.
“Freebird” Lynyrd Skynyrd free range chicken roast café at Snowbird Utah.
“Stairway to Heaven” après ski bar upstairs at Heavenly with bartender Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin
That’s all I have for today – enjoy your skiing and apres ski too, eh?!
Heather Burke, 2015 Copyright & Photography property of Family Ski Trips