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Last Hurrah for the Royal Hawaiian ???
Hau 'oli Tiki
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Joined: Feb 03, 2005
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From: Lamegoona Hills, CA
Posted: 2006-05-12 10:22 am   Permalink

May 12th? Why, that's today, is it not? We shall be there! I will be warmed up and preflighted!
ST: I'll bring your masks from Oasis.

[ This Message was edited by: Hau 'oli Tiki 2006-05-12 10:26 ]


 
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WooHooWahine
  

Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3127
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2006-05-13 10:25 am   Permalink

Bad News: Escrow at The Royal Hawaiian is scheduled to close May 15th. Jr and Marilyn will be running the restaurant for the next 3 weeks though, after that no one knows what will become of this legendary tiki restaurant. The entire staff is praying that they will still have jobs after this transition. Hopefully the new owners of The Royal Hawaiian will keep the restaurant open and the Spirit of Tiki will continue on.

[ This Message was edited by: WooHooWahine 2006-05-18 09:53 ]


 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2006-05-13 7:32 pm   Permalink

I just talked to my sister, and she was there a few days ago.
I don't know how true this is, but she was told it will stay the Royal Hawaiian after it's sold. Not sure on any remodel plans, but it's supposedly gonna remain. We can only cross our fingers now.

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
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SoccerTiki
  

Joined: Feb 24, 2005
Posts: 1841
From: TheSoccerTikiGrotto, Island of LongBeach
Posted: 2006-05-14 10:09 am   Permalink

Tonight is the last night the Royal Hawaiian is owned by the Cabangs (Jr, Marylin and Mom.) The escrow closes tomorrow (the day the restaurant in closed) and Junior and Marylin will stay on for a couple weeks to honor reservations...after that who knows? The owner has indicated it will remain open, but how often does that happen? The staff doesn't know anything...it is day by day. I say get in tonight just in case!!!!

 
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Hau 'oli Tiki
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From: Lamegoona Hills, CA
Posted: 2006-05-14 6:51 pm   Permalink

Friday night(19th)at RH anyone? I WILL be there. You never know when it'll be the last night!!

 
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WooHooWahine
  

Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3127
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2006-05-15 08:19 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-05-14 10:09, SoccerTiki wrote:
Tonight is the last night the Royal Hawaiian is owned by the Cabangs (Jr, Marylin and Mom.) The escrow closes tomorrow (the day the restaurant in closed) and Junior and Marylin will stay on for a couple weeks to honor reservations...after that who knows? The owner has indicated it will remain open, but how often does that happen? The staff doesn't know anything...it is day by day. I say get in tonight just in case!!!!



What a great way to spend Mother's Day and to end the weekend. The restaurant/bar was packed with all the regulars. Lots of pictures and video taping took place. Everyone was in High Spirits but they are still worried about not knowing what is going to happen.

[ This Message was edited by: WooHooWahine 2006-05-15 18:34 ]


 
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WooHooWahine
  

Joined: Mar 04, 2005
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From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2006-05-16 7:49 pm   Permalink

WoooHoooo! For whatever reason escrow did not close yesterday or today Soccer Tiki and I will be going this Thurs., 5/18. Give us a WooHooo if you're around

[ This Message was edited by: WooHooWahine 2006-05-16 19:51 ]


 
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Hau 'oli Tiki
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From: Lamegoona Hills, CA
Posted: 2006-05-17 09:14 am   Permalink

Woo Hoo!! We'll be there! Friday night, too!

 
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SoccerTiki
  

Joined: Feb 24, 2005
Posts: 1841
From: TheSoccerTikiGrotto, Island of LongBeach
Posted: 2006-05-18 09:51 am   Permalink

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On 2006-05-16 19:49, WooHooWahine wrote:
WoooHoooo! For whatever reason escrow did not close yesterday or today Soccer Tiki and I will be going this Thurs., 5/18. Give us a WooHooo if you're around

[ This Message was edited by: WooHooWahine 2006-05-16 19:51 ]



If you get there before 7pm you can get in on the "Early Bird" specials!!! WoooHooooo!


 
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Hau 'oli Tiki
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From: Lamegoona Hills, CA
Posted: 2006-05-19 12:56 pm   Permalink

Well...that's all folks! Last night the Mr & I dined with Soccertiki, WooHoo and Mean Gene for the last time at the Royal Hawaiian!
They said escrow closed and I guess they are going in today and dismantling stuff. Saw the plans...Something about putting bathrooms where the bar is now and the bar in the dining room. Sure to be sleek, modern and sophisticated. So I guess that's it for an area landmark!
No more Lapu Lapus (or mini-pus for you, WooHoo!), puffer fish lamps, tikis watching over the diners, knowing everyone the first time you see them, the haunted bathroom and back dining room. No more blue lights glowing in the soft Summer evening, beckoning you in for a round of rum with some swell folks. No more melt-in-your mouth ribs, velvety tempura shrimp, hot onion soup. No more stories from my Dad about the times he dropped in for a bite and a libation with his surfer buds (something ALWAYS seemed to happen!) No more. Even though it will still be some kind of restaurant/beer hose, it goes with out saying that it will never be the great RH ever again. Very sad!!
Marilyn said something about the items decorating the joint...if the new owners didn't use it for the new place, it would all go up for sale (E Bay?) and we could all have a crack at it. But all present last night knew the new guys could just throw it all out in a dumpster! That would be a tragedy!
So. I'm so grateful I was able to get one more visit in before it goes forever! It will live long in all our minds, I'm sure.
Aloha Royal Hawaiian!!
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SoccerTiki
  

Joined: Feb 24, 2005
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From: TheSoccerTikiGrotto, Island of LongBeach
Posted: 2006-05-20 6:02 pm   Permalink

Some "last" pictures....








One of many old pieces of Hawaiian Artwork


A terrarium tiki watching the diners


 
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WooHooWahine
  

Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3127
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2006-05-20 8:54 pm   Permalink

WOOOHOOOO! Mean Gene ~ How was your Lapu Lapu???

 
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freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2006-05-22 11:26 am   Permalink

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On 2006-05-20 18:02, SoccerTiki wrote:
One of many old pieces of Hawaiian Artwork



That's "Hawaiian Artwork"? I have a copy of that my wife found for $.50! Cool!
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2006-05-22 12:29 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-05-19 12:56, Hau 'oli Tiki wrote:
.Something about putting bathrooms where the bar is now and the bar in the dining room. Sure to be sleek, modern and sophisticated.


So what will be the theme of the next restaurant?


 
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Joined: May 22, 2006
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Posted: 2006-05-22 12:52 pm   Permalink

This saddens me greatly.

Having grown up in Laguna, the Royal Hawaiian was our birthday resturant of choice. I haven't lived there now for YEARS and I miss going there.
Apparently I've missed my last chance. Boo hoo.
I'll have to satisfy this lack by heading to Bahooka's, which is much closer to where we live now.


 
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