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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/04/18 16:32:42 (permalink)
For all things Tiki:
 
http://critiki.com/
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/04/18 17:06:43 (permalink)
Our tiki culture was all over the map. Jade Island to Canton...

http://www.tikiroom.com/t...hp?topic=14015&forum=2

Canton was Tea Garden by day...Cocktail lounge "casino" restaurant by night.

It was like the Shangri-la of Americanized-Chinese formal adopted tiki. You are part of the family tiki. Just bring your bottles...platters...and we will supply the the rest of the atmosphere. Thank you.
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/04/19 00:04:50 (permalink)
In 1972 Kon TIki Ports Chicago did 2.2 million is total sales! That is amazing. Tiki culture!

Look at those dreamy green booths!
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/04/19 09:35:28 (permalink)
Lucius Beebe. He had an opinion...

http://www.tikiroom.com/t...p?topic=37689&forum=1g
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/04/19 11:15:32 (permalink)
My first business was next door to a very nice Tiki place in Manassas, VA - pu pu platters, exotic drinks, very good asian food made with fresh ingredients.  As their "neighbor" I was allowed into their kitchen which was always immaculate.  I don't know that they grossed, but it was widely accepted that they were the most successful restaurant in the county.
 
Then, one of their jealous competitors started a (totally false) rumor that there were dog and cat carcasses found in their trash bin.  Incredibly, the local paper printed it as a story.  Even though the story was soon retracted, the damahe was done and my neighbors business fell to a trickle and closed.
 
The next time I saw the owner (who always greeted his guests in a Tuxedo) he was working as a grease monkey is a small gas station in a seedy sevtion of Arlington, VA which he and his partner had purchased with the remnants of their business.  He took the whole debacle in good humor, though he seemed to regret that I had seen him in that circumstance.
 
Over a decade later I was taken for a business dinner to a high end Chinese Restaurant located in a very exclusive area in Tyson's Corner.  When I walked in I was greeted by a much older but very familiar gentleman in a Tuxedo.  He was very emotional upon seeing me again and simply said "I'm back". 
 
At the end of the meal he came over and comped the $250. check saing simply "Nice to see you again, Mr. Jim".  My host left a $100 tip and our business went well.  Needless to say, I returned often.
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/04/19 12:06:46 (permalink)
Another defunct place -- the Aloha in Rochester, NY.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=33074&forum=2
 
My first job with a law firm after graduating from law school was in Rochester. I remember going to this place on a very, very snowy Rochester winter evening, after work.   I recall the drive back home was dicey -- no doubt in part because of the consumption of tiki drinks. 
 
Note the wonderful retro dinner plate in the link, above. They were still using them when I ate there with colleagues.  I really don't recall much about the food.  
 
I also remember going to the Honolulu restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia. I lived in Old Town for about 18 years before moving to Minnesota.  
 
http://critiki.com/pictures/?loc_id=4#/3
 
The food wasn't great, and the decor wasn't particularly stunning, but the drinks were good, and it was the only place around that had rumaki.  I moved away in 1999; I think the article says the place closed in 2004.
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/04/19 12:25:49 (permalink)
I wonder how many coins (and patrons) were fished out of the "pool" at the Aloha...on any given night.
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/04/19 14:51:08 (permalink)
I never got there but my Mom says Hawaii Kai was so much fun.

Times Square>>>tropical paradise>>>Times Square.

http://www.sevenpleasures...ai/hawaii_kai_4_tables
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/04/19 18:37:22 (permalink)
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/06/19 18:05:34 (permalink)
mar52

The Los Angeles area used to have Trader Vic's, Kelbos, The Luau, Don the Beachcomber and a few others I can't think of.

Now we have none.
Maybe the Zombies killed them off.

Sadly, this is true in L.A. for the most part. I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley (ironically, now I live in Honolulu where there's mai tais and tiki torches aplenty), and at least the Bahooka in Rosemead's still around.
 
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/06/20 13:30:49 (permalink)
Never to a tiki restaurant.There is a Kon Tiki Motel in Universal City,Tx near San Antonio that's been there for years.
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/06/28 23:17:37 (permalink)
Anthony Bourdain (of all people) seems to love the Tiki Culture...

http://blog.oyster.com/an...-for-this-place-21833/
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/06/29 18:27:54 (permalink)
Great inspiring story, Metroplex Jim! Good to see someone come back from a nasty blow like that. I don't see myself up that way anytime soon, but what's the name of his restaurant?
We have a Trader Vic's here in Atlanta in the Downtown Hilton from the '70s, a bit past the peak of Tiki culture - it's doing very well (points to the young and hip who have embraced Tiki), and worth a visit, especially if Tongo Hiti, fronted by Big Mike Geier, is playing on Thursdays.
Back  in the mid-70s I was in college up in Lansing, Michigan - there was a tiki place in the middle of Frandor shopping center called The Boom Boom Room - I never went there, that sort of thing being the opposite of cool then, and now I regret never going.
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/07/30 15:55:47 (permalink)
Every year in Ft. Lauderdale there is a gathering called the Hukilau that celebrates and worships all things Tiki. Very cool retro vibe.
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/08/21 10:43:19 (permalink)
The Mai Kai in Ft. lauderdale is indeed awesome. Haven't been in about 5 years, but great floor show, great drinks and a garden filled with torches and tikis. A must do in south Florida as far as I am concerned. 
 
I'm sorry I missed the Kahiki in Columbus, from all reports it was awesome. But i did manage to snag one of their hanging lights from their dining room-it has bamboo and starfish, very retro. They now make frozen Chinese food sold in grocery stores
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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/08/21 12:38:17 (permalink)
I haven't been to the Mai Kai since the early 70's. I was surprised to see it was still open.
 
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The Mai Kai in Ft. lauderdale is indeed awesome. Haven't been in about 5 years, but great floor show, great drinks and a garden filled with torches and tikis. A must do in south Florida as far as I am concerned. 

I'm sorry I missed the Kahiki in Columbus, from all reports it was awesome. But i did manage to snag one of their hanging lights from their dining room-it has bamboo and starfish, very retro. They now make frozen Chinese food sold in grocery stores


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Re:Tiki Culture 2012/08/21 12:58:25 (permalink)
Ohhh...I found a Tiki place I did not know about...and a perfect alibi to stay at a hotel within 20 miles of home!!

Chan's Dragon Inn

http://offthebroiler.word...ning-chans-dragon-inn/
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