In April of 2013, after 36 years of business, Cuckoo's Nest was turned over to new owners, Heather Emanuelson and Edmilison Souza. Heather had been serving "the Nest" for 15 years starting as a server, while Edmilison started at the restaurant as a dishwasher in October 1994.
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 specilaties 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 worthwile and lovably cuckoo!
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.