It all began with Jesse's Steaks, Seafood and Tavern. In July of 1976, Marc and Patty Milowsky, along with four other partners, founded a log cabin dinner house. A year later, the four other partners sold their interests and the Milowskys became the sole owners.
The original restaurant consisted of 86 seats, a 40 seat bar area, and an atmosphere reminiscent of the Victorian Old West. In 1981, Marc and Patty added a custom greenhouse to the building, which seamlessly connected to the main dining room. In 1990, Jesse’s expanded again with the addition of the Adirondack Lodge and Deck. And in 2008, a new brick patio in front of the restaurant added a charming outdoor dining space.
Jesse's serves hand cut steaks, seafood, prime rib, juicy burgers, flatbreads, sandwiches and much more. It is well known in the area for having the best all you can eat salad bar and freshly baked Sequoia bread. Jesse’s is open for dinner seven nights a week beginning at 4:30 and Sunday brunch at 10:30.
The next chapter started in 1983. The Milowskys took over the Town and Country Dress Shop in downtown Hanover, converted it into a 130-seat restaurant and bar and named it Molly’s Balloon. Molly’s is a popular gathering place, a favorite of Dartmouth students and locals alike. In 1998, with the help of Morris Nathanson Designs, the Milowskys gave Molly's a complete facelift, adding about twenty five more seats inside and a fifty seat outdoor patio. Molly's Restaurant and Bar is all grown up; a timeless college bar, complete with walls of Ivy League memorabilia, local sports photos and artifacts. The Milowsky’s vision of making Molly’s the unofficial Hanover Historical Museum and a great place to eat has come to life.
At Molly's, guests enjoy thin crust pizzas and entrees cooked in a wood-fired brick oven, pasta dishes, the best burgers in the Upper Valley, fresh salads, wonderful finger food and appetizers, and homemade desserts. Molly's is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
With two successful restaurants under their belt, the Milowsky's decided it was time to put them under one umbrella. And so, The Blue Sky Restaurant Group was founded. Why Blue Sky? Why not!!
Marc Milowsky, President of the Blue Sky Restaurant Group was
honored by the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association as
Restaurantuer of the Year in 1995.
In 2007, the Blue Sky Restaurant Group was recognized by the National Lodging and
Restaurant Association, the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association,
and the American Express Company with the Good Neighbor Award,
to honor New Hampshire Restaurants that have given outreach and
support to better their communities.
In 2007 the Owners of the Blue Sky Restaurant Group, Marc and Patty Milowsky were
awarded the "Heart of the Prouty" award for their work and years of service to the
Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
In 2008, Molly's Restaurant & Bar won the New Hampshire Magazine award for the
Best Restaurant in the Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee Region.
The Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce recognized the Blue Sky Restaurant Group with
the Innovators of the Year award in 2008.
In 2009 the Owners of the Blue Sky Restaurant Group, Marc and Patty Milowsky were
awarded the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Community Ambassador of the Year Award.
Jesse's was honored by NH Magazine as The 2010 Favorite Restaurant in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region.
Jesse's was honored by NH Magazine as The 2011 Favorite Restaurant in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region.
2013, Molly's Chef Justin Hoyt was named the Grand Champion of the third annual NH State Dairy Promotion Board Mac & Cheese Bake Off. Molly's Restaurant won Champion in the Best Restaurant Category.
2014, Molly's was awarded best luncheon spot and Jesse's was awarded best dinner house by the Valley Business Journal's Best of the Best Readers Poll.
2014, Marc Milowsky, the President of the Blue Sky Restaurant Group, was awarded the prestigious Dick Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award by the NH Travel Council.
2015, Molly's was awarded best luncheon spot and Jesse's was awarded best dinner house by the Valley Business Journal's Best of the Best Readers Poll.