KokoNutz BeachBar Bistro is a lovely little place on the bay in Calibishie that has been making steady progress under its owner, Carol Ann Watson. Starting several years ago with just a hut and a dream and cooking on a propane barbecue grill, Carol Ann has persevered with patience and hard work, and has added a lovely kitchen from which she prepares full-service meals that can be enjoyed at beach tables on the bay or, if thereâ€™s a bit of rain, under cover, still with a great view of Calibishie Bay. Either way, you can kick off your sandals and dig your toes into the sand while you enjoy your meal or drink.
Donâ€™t worry about parking or reservations, because except for holidays and weekend evenings at bar-side, thereâ€™s always space for diners. But if you want to be sure of a place and whatâ€™s available on the menu, you can call 445-7112 (land line) or 315-6415 (mobile). Just remember that KokoNutz is closed Mondays and, during the off-tourist season, on Tuesdays as well.
Carol Ann herself cooks to order, and donâ€™t be surprised if she engages you in conversation about music, things to do, local news, and so; in fact, her gregariousness is part of the placeâ€™s charm. And she encourages drop-by visitors, which are frequent day and night to lie in the hammock and/or have a drink, to have a chat too. 🙂
Prices are on the â€œtourist” side, but youâ€™ll hear only praise for the quality of the fare that Carol Ann serves. With increasing numbers of visitors to Calibishie, for instance, busloads visiting the Hampstead Beach â€œPirates” location and the new Tourism Information Center and Craft Shop on Calibishieâ€™s Bay Street, Carol Annâ€™s charming garden entrance to KokoNutz should entice new customers as well. We hope the bus will wait, because those folk will enjoy the place and want to relax there for a while.