WELL HELLO AUNTY JACK!
The Blue Mountains town of Katoomba has always been a bit retro, so what better place to open a 1950’s themed restaurant/café? Aunty Jacks in Katoomba Street is sheer bliss for Baby Boomers like me, who grew up playing the juke box and drinking heavenly spiders.
Apparently that weird name derives from the ‘spidery’ lines formed as syrup oozes into icecream and soda. The one pictured below on the right is called Pink Fluffy Flamingo. Perfect with those super soft marshmallows. My favourite is the Lemon Lime Splice. Look at the pair of pineapple jubes….always appeared in sixpenny bags of mixed lollies.
The place is decorated with every kind of 50s memorabilia imaginable. Bet there are flying ducks on the walls somewhere. As a social historian I feel it’s my duty to spend time here.
Loved the armchairs. My Grandma made me one of those crocheted rugs to have a little sleep on at kindergarten, in 1956.
Sometimes chips are all a person wants. Still arrive wrapped in newspaper.
Those chips with bacon bits are a little fancy for the fifties, but damned good. Burgers, sandwiches and rolls are the go at Aunty Jacks. This is not the place for fine dining, but everything is presented with flair and tastes wonderful.
KATOOMBA LOOKS BACK
My partner Rob and I visited Aunty Jack’s on Saturday, when the annual Lady Luck Festival was on. It’s hosted by the landmark Carrington Hotel. We must go back next year to watch the rockabilly dance competitions. Many thanks to my friend Rosie Wood, for the video. The main Street was lined on both sides with amazing vintage cars. There were lots of those giant American models we drooled over in movies and Yankee comic books.
But look what was sitting right under Aunty Jack’s sign. Yes, a dear old Aussie Holden.
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