Gary Krivos offers a tropical
drink at Key Westconsin Tuesday afternoon.
Key West, Fla., is known for Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost and
closer to home in downtown Waukesha, it’s also known for a tiki
bar, tropical drinks and seafood.
331 Riverfront Plaza, brings you as close to the southernmost
point of the U.S. as you can get without leaving the county.
Everything at the restaurant is designed to bring guests the
feeling of being on a “staycation,” said owner Gary Krivos.
“We have a lot
of people who come in here who can’t afford to go to Key West
this time of year,” Krivos said. “I think people start to get
270-degree mural that provides a horizon view to the tiki bar
that pours tropical drinks, Key Westconsin provides a temporary
respite from the state’s grueling winter. The restaurant, which
was opened in January 2011 by Krivos and his wife, Rita, also
contains tropical plants, hurricane lamps and fake parrots as
part of its Key West decor.
“As long as
you’re not looking out the front window at the piles of snow,
the mural provides a great view,” Krivos said. “We’ll have
people request to sit in the back by the decorations, so they’re
not facing that window.”
restaurant offers more than just a relaxed atmosphere.
the food and drinks served at the restaurant are also designed
with vacationers in mind. The menu, which he estimates is 95
percent gluten-free, includes plenty of fresh seafood,
furthering the restaurant’s theme. However, it also offers items
that could be found in other places as well, such as New
England, he said.
items include the seafood casserole, seafood platter and
scallops. And, the drink menu only furthers the feeling of being
on a “staycation.”
Guests have a
choice of drinks served under the restaurant’s thatched roof
bar, such as Hurricanes, Rum Runners, Sea Breezes and the
restaurant’s signature colada drink.
hoping to get their “staycation" started, Key Westconsin is open
year-round Tuesdays through Saturdays for lunch and dinner. The
restaurant also opens on Saturdays for breakfast during the
farmer’s market season.
Krivos said, if people can’t get away, they can at least pretend
idea is to get people to at least be able to come here and enjoy
a staycation,” Krivos said.