March 1, 2007

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Dining with your dancing
Sky Lounge offers upscale eats with a side of nightclub
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

The Sky Lounge, a new restaurant and nightclub in Nashua, opened its doors to the public on Thursday, Feb. 8.

With the focus on the food, the lounge is determined to be a place not just for drinking and dancing but for a fine dining experience available seven days a week.

“I wanted to give everyone fresh, upscale, creative food at a reasonable price. It’s a place where the average guy can go out and have an upscale meal,” said Tony Asencio with the Sky Lounge.

“The nightclub end has been the easy part but we really have our hearts set on seeing this restaurant succeed. The food is more of a bistro type — avocado and crab meat spring rolls, Tuscan calamari, salads and grilled items,” Asencio said.

Asencio and his partner, Alex Newell, are natives of the area, and worked the nightclub industry in Nashua for the past eight years.

“For years we worked a number of other clubs. What we wanted to do was combine all our favorite places into one. All of our favorite places had a mezzanine in it. It’s just a huge interior balcony with the Spanish vines in the balcony looking down at the dance floor,” Asencio said.

At 1,600 square feet, the mezzanine adds another level, helping separate the lounge, dining and bar area. With two main entrances, located off the two parking lots, The Sky Lounge presents its dining room from the main entrance and its bar and lounge from the second entrance.

The nightclub is only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and there’s never a cover charge.

The dance floor is about 600 square feet with music booming out of a $65,000 sound system.

“The Sky Lounge is definitely more of a lounge atmosphere with a dance club flavor. When the club is in high gear, I ... play the hot stuff from today and some of the fun stuff from back in the day ... I want to liven it up as a dance night,” said DJ Koko P. DJ Koko P and DJ Pez spin at the Sky Lounge on Thursday and Friday.

“There was never anyplace to spin in Nashua, so it’s nice to have something in the area. Plus, this place is classy too. Everybody dresses real nice and there’s no attitudes,” DJ Koko P said.

A strict dress code does apply, so dress to impress.

DJs & Dijon
What:
The Sky Lounge
Where: 522 Amherst St., Nashua, 882-6026
When: Lunch and dinner served Monday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 1 a.m. The nightclub is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
For more information: The Sky Lounge is also available for private parties and corporate functions. Go to myspace.com/skyloungenashua.