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The Bamboo House (formerly the Outrigger) , Prince George, BC, Canada (restaurant)
Pepe le Tiki
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From: Vancouver, BC
Posted: 2006-01-27 7:18 pm   Permalink

Sadly, I was expecting it to look this way. At least they didn't 'make it go away' like Vancouver did with Trader Vics. Still, good to see some of the elements there, especially inside. What's most unfortunate is that the owners probably don't realize the real potential of such place.

Oh Last Great Tiki of Unlimited Abundance, I'd really like to win a lottery!!!


 
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PGBH
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Posted: 2006-02-07 9:21 pm   Permalink

Hello to all admirers of the Bamboo House - formerly The Outrigger. We are friends with the owners! Did you know that it is for sale? It is a very unique and beautiful building! Almost everything is the same as it originally was. We are going to let them know there are fans of the building! haha We'll let you know what they think.

 
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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2006-02-08 12:03 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-02-07 21:21, PGBH wrote:
Almost everything is the same as it originally was.



?

O tay!


 
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PGBH
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Posted: 2006-02-13 12:17 pm   Permalink

Well the owners were surprised to find out their restaurant was the topic of an online chat! The current owner actually worked at the Outrigger. He then became a partner and finally an owner, at which point he changed it to the Bamboo House. They are actually selling it so they can retire! It is definately a unique and beautiful building with great potential to be returned to its former glory!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-02-13 2:45 pm   Permalink

Somebody definetely should! ...and if they don't wanna move there:
The Trader Vic's Vancouver A-frame was put on a barge and shipped downriver, too!


 
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dogbytes
  

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Posted: 2006-02-13 3:11 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-02-13 14:45, bigbrotiki wrote:
Somebody definetely should! ...and if they don't wanna move there:
The Trader Vic's Vancouver A-frame was put on a barge and shipped downriver, too!



just don't let it befall the same fate as
The Polynesia of Seattle

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Pepe le Tiki
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Posted: 2006-02-14 9:37 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the info PGBH I hope you can keep us posted on the fate of this great treasure! My fingers are crossed that they can find a buyer that will preserve the history inside and out. (and retire happy too)

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-04-07 11:27 pm   Permalink

I had seen this post before and thought I remembered those lamps. This postcard must be from the same place when it was the Outrigger Restaurant.



Does anybody know if it is still open as the Bamboo House with all of the great decor still intact?


 
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Pepe le Tiki
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Posted: 2008-04-08 7:52 pm   Permalink

Nice photo Dustycajun! Last I heard (late last year), it's still there but I'm not sure what condition it's in. The first photo on this thread is the most recent interior one I've seen but that's a few years old.

 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2008-04-10 08:01 am   Permalink

I too, have not heard anything else yet. I had a friend visit there recently (Mar.) and he said it was still there and the Tiki's on the exterior are still there but it was locked up.
I had emailed the friend of the owner's but have not heard anything back as of yet.
I will let you all know if anything pops up.

NOW...I gotta say, that is an awesome picture of the inside that DustyCajan posted!! There it is in it's full splendor!
As I drooled all over my keyboard, I noticed those very unique lamps on the tables. Those look to be the exact lamps that I picked up from the Tropic Isle estate!! I do not have any photographic evidence of those strange looking lamps being used at the Tropic Isle but these look to be exactly the same.

I will post pictures tonight.

Hey Dusty, if you are reading this can you post a close up of one of the tables?? Thanks ahead of time!! TabooDan


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-04-10 10:50 am   Permalink

Taboo Dan,

I will get a blow up of the table and the lamp and post it later tonight so we can see if it is indeed the lamp you got.

Where did you get the lamp from?


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-04-10 3:26 pm   Permalink

Here:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=24554&forum=2&vpost=355919

One of the great success stories of active urban archeology!


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-04-10 4:57 pm   Permalink

Taboo Dan,

Here is a post of the lamp from the Outrigger. I have also included the back of the card. After looking at the post from Bigbro with the treasure from the Tropic Isle expedition, it does not look like this is your guy. What a great find that was, congratulations.

Bigbro, thanks for including the link to the old post.








 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-04-10 5:05 pm   Permalink

Oh but it is, it is! I have a whole post in regards to this, but must run out now, ouh! ....will post more later today...

 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2008-04-10 6:37 pm   Permalink

Thanks alot Dustycajun!! I will add pictures below and sure enough it IS the same lamp!! Intersting how it ended up down here in Surrey. Not a single picture from the family scrap books have these lamps in them. I wonder if the families knew each other or were related somehow? More digging to do!

The scrap books from the Tropic Isle Restaurant are from early days of the Tropic Isle's life and are pretty much dated up to about 1974 (It opened in 1969). I think these lamps were probably made later then this date but it would be interesting to see if that postcard happened to be dated at all.



The above photo is of the lamp up close without the frosted white glass shade.

The next picture is of the lamp with the glass shade. I assume that the cloth/burlap looking shade would have sat on the top of the glass.



The next picture is a little shot I did in my garage of what I thought a table may have looked like dressed up a bit at the Tropic Isle with their own mugs, drink menu and lamp.



I just realized I should probably put a few of these pictures in the Tropic Isle thread. Looking forward to hearing what some of you think.

The lamp is made of a heavy white ceramic/plaster which has been painted dark brown. It has a hole drilled through the center where a black metal pipe fits into the hole and rests at the top of the tiki where the candle and shade holder sit.
These black metal bases are not very well done and kind of crude. They have hot metal (dried) drips on them and there are holes drilled around the tops which are not done very well at all (Not aligned or in a straight row). Then, there is a brass candle holder inserted into them which is spring fed so when the candle burns the candle will slowly rise. The candles that are in these are all pink. I picked up a box of these candles with the lamps.

As a further picture and point of interest, the original glass lamp shades came in their original box which is in the next photo. On the box it states "Exclusive Candle Corporation".



There was also a Marquesian styled (Fisherman God) ceramic Tiki statue (about 20" tall) that is made of the same material and also painted the exact same brown color.
This too is from the Tropic Isle estate. Not sure where this staute or the lamps came from but I do believe them to be possibly made by local artists. It is hard to be sure.

Mahalo, TabooDan

This post edited to replace photos which had shrunken size.

[ This Message was edited by: TabooDan 2008-09-26 18:04 ]


 
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