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Sneaky Tiki San Francisco NOT OPEN! July 2006
Buster
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Joined: Jul 02, 2006
Posts: 54
From: Alameda
Posted: 2006-07-02 5:39 pm   Permalink

Is Sneaky Tiki in San Francisco going going gone ?
I was in the neighborhood of Sneaky Tiki in San Francisco last night and the doors were locked. The lights were on but there were no employees or customers inside. I thought this was strange for 9:00 PM on a Saturday night.
Anyone know what's up ?

[ This Message was edited by: Buster 2006-07-02 17:40 ]


 
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ikitnrev
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Joined: Jul 27, 2002
Posts: 1313
From: D.C. / Virginia
Posted: 2006-07-19 2:07 pm   Permalink

From today's San Francisco Chronicle ...
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Tiki was hot last year, but the trend might be winding down. San Francisco's Sneaky Tiki (1582 Folsom St., at 12th Street), opened by Greg Bronstein and Craige Walters, closed a few weeks ago.

"The area is really hard," says Walters, who also designed the space. "We were packed on the weekends, but completely dead Monday through Wednesday. We just couldn't survive on three days a week."

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Vern


 
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Molokai Mike
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Joined: Jun 26, 2003
Posts: 506
From: the birthplace of the Mai Tai
Posted: 2006-07-19 4:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-07-19 14:07, ikitnrev wrote:
From today's San Francisco Chronicle ...
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Tiki was hot last year, but the trend might be winding down.




Scoff... Tiki (done right) is still hot!! It's the drinks and ambience, not the theme that gives a bar longevity. I visited Sneaky Tiki once. I repeat once. Both drinks and service were shoddy!!

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Coco Loco
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Joined: Mar 21, 2004
Posts: 820
From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
Posted: 2006-07-21 1:09 pm   Permalink

I have to agree with Conga Mike. Tiki done right is the key.

There are many wanna be pseudo Tiki places in the Bay Area, trying to capitalize on this "Hot Tiki thing"...without really getting it. They view Tiki as only a trend (upon which they can make quick $$) and not as a movement or culture.

The "trend" bars go as quickly as they come without ever getting it -- ambiance and quality are the key. Sneaky Tiki was not considered a strong "Tiki" bar for many reasons, among them drink quality and tiki ambiance.

Generally, Sneaky Tiki was an okay place and worthy of one stop, but they had an intrinsic problem. They were a "tiki" bar that didn't attract the Tiki crowd (reasons above), and their non-tiki draw was limited. Hence a business model quandary.

Two examples of what works in terms of ambiance and quality (in NoCAl) are Forbidden Island and the Conga Lounge. Both attract across the board and have lines to get in most nights. It's like waiting for a Disneyland ride -- but at Fastpass speed.

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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2006-07-22 11:14 am   Permalink

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