Two Old S.F. Institutions Close

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2008/01/09 22:07:29 (permalink)

Two Old S.F. Institutions Close

So so sad...
Trader Vic's and the Washbag:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/01/09/FDLVU7FNB.DTL

Sad enough Stars went, and Trader Vic's from it's amazing original location, heavy heavy sighs...
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    RE: Two Old S.F. Institutions Close 2008/01/10 09:11:50 (permalink)
    Sorry to hear this.
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    RE: Two Old S.F. Institutions Close 2008/01/13 02:56:17 (permalink)
    They just opened a Trader Vic's in Scottsdale AZ
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    RE: Two Old S.F. Institutions Close 2008/01/13 11:46:59 (permalink)
    Don't be sorry, Chips. There's always a reason. In the case of The WSB&G, it closed because new owners who thought they had a better idea ruined it.

    Stars went years ago because Jeremiah Tower got stale (in several ways) and fled to Manila (I think it was). Trader Vics was a stale concept (for SF anyway) from the beginning and the response from most people when it opened was, "Give me a break! So 50's!". But now it had another reason (aside from weak patronage from mostly business diners) to close--in a couple of months they will be demolishing the derelict state office building next door and starting construction of a new (very green) city office building--who wants to dine next to a construction site?

    If you want the Trader Vic's experience, I think the Tonga Room (best know not for its food--like Trader Vics--but for it's artificial downpours) at the Fairmont may still be there (but probably not for long).
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    RE: Two Old S.F. Institutions Close 2008/01/13 17:47:31 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by BT

    Trader Vics was a stale concept (for SF anyway) from the beginning and the response from most people when it opened was, "Give me a break! So 50's!".
    ...
    If you want the Trader Vic's experience, I think the Tonga Room (best know not for its food--like Trader Vics--but for it's artificial downpours) at the Fairmont may still be there (but probably not for long).

    "Stale from the beginning"?!?!?! Are you a native, and if so when were you born?! Trader Vic's was founded in Oakland in 1934! (Under a different name, which changed...) The older T/Vics location in the City dated back to the 50s or earlier, and my parents grew up going there in the 1940s and 50s, and took me as a child in the 60s and 70s. So while it might have run out of steam, it certainly was never "stale from the beginning"!!!! By the time it moved from its original location it might have been out of fashion, but it still lasted a while.

    That said, I love the Tonga Room and doubt it's going anywhere. My parents used to go there in high school & college - it's been a fixture since at least the 50s. The building is a registered historic site and I doubt they'll lose that historic bar! But I could sadly be wrong, though I hope I won't be.
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    RE: Two Old S.F. Institutions Close 2008/01/13 17:56:55 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by cecif

    So so sad...
    Trader Vic's and the Washbag:
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/01/09/FDLVU7FNB.DTL

    Sad enough Stars went, and Trader Vic's from it's amazing original location, heavy heavy sighs...


    Was Trader Vics the place known for having either the bartender or Maitre'D that remembered everyones name after he met you?
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    RE: Two Old S.F. Institutions Close 2008/01/13 18:17:18 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by cecif

    quote:
    Originally posted by BT

    Trader Vics was a stale concept (for SF anyway) from the beginning and the response from most people when it opened was, "Give me a break! So 50's!".
    ...
    If you want the Trader Vic's experience, I think the Tonga Room (best know not for its food--like Trader Vics--but for it's artificial downpours) at the Fairmont may still be there (but probably not for long).

    "Stale from the beginning"?!?!?! Are you a native, and if so when were you born?! Trader Vic's was founded in Oakland in 1934! (Under a different name, which changed...) The older T/Vics location in the City dated back to the 50s or earlier, and my parents grew up going there in the 1940s and 50s, and took me as a child in the 60s and 70s. So while it might have run out of steam, it certainly was never "stale from the beginning"!!!! By the time it moved from its original location it might have been out of fashion, but it still lasted a while.

    That said, I love the Tonga Room and doubt it's going anywhere. My parents used to go there in high school & college - it's been a fixture since at least the 50s. The building is a registered historic site and I doubt they'll lose that historic bar! But I could sadly be wrong, though I hope I won't be.


    catfight!
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    RE: Two Old S.F. Institutions Close 2008/01/13 19:20:17 (permalink)
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    catfight!


    LOL! Neither one looks a thing like me...
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    RE: Two Old S.F. Institutions Close 2008/01/13 19:38:27 (permalink)
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    "Stale from the beginning"?!?!?! Are you a native, and if so when were you born?! Trader Vic's was founded in Oakland in 1934! (Under a different name, which changed...) The older T/Vics location in the City dated back to the 50s or earlier, and my parents grew up going there in the 1940s and 50s, and took me as a child in the 60s and 70s.



    I was referring to the reincarnation on Golden Gate, the subject of this thread as I understood it. If you wanted to watch Herb Caen swill martinis, I suppose the original location had its charms but they never attracted me, though I'm not surprised they attracted your parents who were probably pretty much it's target market.
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    RE: Two Old S.F. Institutions Close 2008/01/13 19:56:19 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by BT
    I was referring to the reincarnation on Golden Gate, the subject of this thread as I understood it. If you wanted to watch Herb Caen swill martinis, I suppose the original location had its charms but they never attracted me, though I'm not surprised they attracted your parents who were probably pretty much it's target market.

    Although I could take this personally (as it sounds suspiciously like a disparaging remark) I'll just say this:

    I posted the subject because Trader Vics (and Washbag) were old S.F. institutions that I, and many of my friends, enjoyed over the years. Personally I was sad when the original T/Vics closed, and I am sad the 2nd one did too. I loved the original place and have very fond memories of it. (If you don't or didn't like it, that's up to you - I don't make judgment calls on such things myself.)

    So, as I said before, I find it sad they are gone, particularly Trader Vics. I still have a cute "menehune" drink swizzle stick from the 1980s. Great memories.
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    RE: Two Old S.F. Institutions Close 2008/01/13 19:58:15 (permalink)
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    Was Trader Vics the place known for having either the bartender or Maitre'D that remembered everyones name after he met you?


    Yes.
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