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Luau Miami Beach
Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2012-01-03 6:24 pm   Permalink

Nice find, A-Frame!

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-17 10:56 pm   Permalink

The employment ad posted by Tiki Tom D for the saronged waitresses is really a classic and speaks to a different era.



I found an article from 1965 that featured a story of a young who responded to such an ad from the Luau.









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Bongo Bungalow
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Posted: 2012-01-18 02:18 am   Permalink

What a difference a few decades make! At our restaurants, not only would we never mention appearance in our help wanted listings, (usually Craig's List), but we are careful in conversation to describe the ideal server as "attracting" rather than "attractive".


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GatorRob
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Posted: 2012-01-19 4:13 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the article, DC. My wife is a teacher. Can't remember her ever referring to her students as "youngsters". An odd thing, in today's language, for a 23 year old to say.

 
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2012-01-19 4:16 pm   Permalink

And really, isn't the primary goal of teaching to instruct young people on how to entertain?!?

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-01-21 12:22 pm   Permalink

I am still hoping that one day good quality photos of the remodel with those amazing VanDercar sculptures will surface.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-02-07 7:25 pm   Permalink

Found a few more news clips that show there was a second Luau restaurant located in the Marco Polo Hotel.




It was called the Luau II.





Have not been able to find any photos or paper showing what it looked like. Tikis?

DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-02-15 1:28 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-01-21 12:22, bigbrotiki wrote:
I am still hoping that one day good quality photos of the remodel with those amazing VanDercar sculptures will surface.



Me too. Here is an ad from 1964 with Syd Mass and a rendering of the large Van Dercar Tiki and stylized huts that were out front of the restaurant. So the remodel occurred by at least 1964.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-04-06 11:30 am   Permalink

While not a picture, a little better image of the menu rendering with the Van Dercar remodel work.




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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-04-06 1:34 pm   Permalink

Thank You DC, this rendering has a slightly different angle than the postcard photo:



The depiction of the porte-cochere nude statues and Tikis is not so clear on that menu either...



Didn't anybody find this art photo-worthy !? This place had the most VanDercar statues and landscaping besides his house, I would say.



Darn it, I wanna see DETAILS ! And while you're at it, find me good shot of this back bar mural, too !




 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-04-19 6:49 pm   Permalink

Here is another night tour ad from the Luau with some nice graphics.





DC


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-04-19 7:54 pm   Permalink

Dusty the paper god strikes again....

 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2013-04-26 3:48 pm   Permalink

Really nice work, DC, fleshing out the Luau in living color!

I just happened to again run into our old friend, Trader Syd, in the Google news archives. Recall that in an earlier post, I inferred that the Luau may have gone out of business circa 1974 based on the lack of further archival references. This article lends credence to that, as even his Luau II restaurant, located in the Marco Polo Hotel, was no longer known by that name in early 1975; instead it had become the Gold Coin. And, it seems that Trader Syd’s life had taken a negative turn when his restaurant manager split with $15,000...

The Miami News February 28, 1975



This was not to be the inglorious end of the enterprising Sydney J. Mass, for he got into the green vehicle business way ahead of its time...

The Palm Beach Post October 26, 1984



Least you doubt that this Sydney Mass is the same as our Trader Syd, here is an eBay photo that clearly shows our man on the left (you can compare with photos posted earlier in this thread)...




Some more details on the up and coming Lectra-Matic Automobile Corporation of Miami, Florida...

Sarasota Herald-Tribune July 8, 1984





Poor Trader Syd; he was just too far ahead of his time, as the Lectra-Matic Automobile Corporation crashed and burned...

The Miami Herald January 5, 1987





-Tom


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-04-27 12:20 am   Permalink

Cool findings, Tom. Bummed I am stuck in the Foreign Legion for Hukilau.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-06-10 9:30 pm   Permalink

Stolen Tiki!



How does one move an 8-foot 500lb Tiki?



DC


 
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