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Exotica 2007 Surf into Chicago 7/7/07
tedtiki
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Joined: Nov 06, 2004
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From: Sunny Springfield Illinois
Posted: 2007-06-30 3:13 pm   Permalink

Eek, I hope not. That will curb our plans to go there sunday for brunch.

 
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BambooLodge
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Joined: Feb 09, 2003
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From: Just up the road from Chef Shangri-La
Posted: 2007-06-30 6:07 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-06-30 10:25, tikibars wrote:
Any news on whether Chef Sahngri-La will be open in time for the event?

I went there last night, and the "Closed until further notice" sign was still on their doors (I heard reports at DvA Gallery last weekend that the Chef was closed, so it has been well over a week now).

Anyone have insight?



Yes James, the Chef is closed TEMPORARILY. Susan was there last night when you went by there, so you could have knocked on the door and asked her, it's not like you don't know her. Funny, you had to ask this question here, when you could have just asked us last night when you were at Sandbar.
About a week and a half ago they shut down due to problems with their exhaust fans/hoods, and they've also had to install all new "flame retardent" ceiling tile in the Kitchen, plus completely remodel the men's room,(new toilet, urinal, sink,vinyl sided walls, and new floor. Anyone who has ever graced the men's room knows that this something that is long overdue.
She has been working feverishly to get this done in time. Her son Albert, is also back and forth, between his residence in Milwaukee, and the restaurant, nearly every day. Coalbe and I have been stopping by on a regular basis to check status. Please be assured they are doing everything possible to make sure we have somewhere to go next sunday.
Everything is actually done with the exception of the men's room, and the village will not let her re-open until it is complete. They are the ones who put "Closed Until Further Notice" on the building. Until they do a walk thru in the middle of the week, everything is kinda day to day.
We will update here when ever we have new info.
Over & Out
D&C
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2007-07-01 10:02 am   Permalink

whooo hooo!!!!! new bathrooms at the chef!! that is worth celebration in and of itself!!! no longer will it smell like a bus station in there!! we will defiantely toast to that!!

sounds like they are making progress...keep us posted.




 
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Scott McGerik
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Joined: Feb 23, 2005
Posts: 187
From: South St Paul, MN/Minnesota
Posted: 2007-07-01 4:54 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-06-30 18:07, BambooLodge wrote:
Yes James, the Chef is closed TEMPORARILY. Susan was there last night when you went by there, so you could have knocked on the door and asked her, it's not like you don't know her. Funny, you had to ask this question here, when you could have just asked us last night when you were at Sandbar.



Wow! So what exactly are you trying to say?


 
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tikibars
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Joined: Apr 11, 2002
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2007-07-01 5:25 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-06-30 18:07, BambooLodge wrote:
We will update here when ever we have new info.



This is all I asked for, Mr. Happy.



I am sure that all of the people who are planning their weekends around this event, including those coming in from out of town, will be a bit more relaxed when we know that all is well in Shangri-La.
Given that they've been closed for two weekends now, and that Paul's (owner and founder) health isn't that great, I had some rather serious worries.
I'm not in the habit of pounding on the doors of restaurants that have 'closed until further notice' signs on their doors (and I wouldn't know Sue's car if I saw it), so thanks a lot for sharing what you know - it is a relief for me (and for the many others who were in the dark, I am sure) to read your statement that the temporary closure is for improvements.



 
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BambooLodge
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From: Just up the road from Chef Shangri-La
Posted: 2007-07-03 5:17 pm   Permalink

The latest update on Chef Shangri-La....
As of now they are still closed, but are 90 percent certain they will re-open this weekend. Now for the kicker, now there is evidently some issue with their liquor license having lapst, so even if they do open, there is a very good chance they will not be serving cocktails. They are checking into possible BYOB, but don't count on it. If they are open, and even if they aren't serving drinks, we will be there showing our support.
Susan asked us to let everyone know how very, very sorry she is about all this.
It's just been one frickin' thing after another. Hope we're wrong, but it seems that the Chef's days might just be numbered. We will up date again on Thursday
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Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2007-07-03 5:24 pm   Permalink

that really sucks!! we can't afford to lose another tiki place in chicago......hope it works out. I was concerned when the topic first appeared cause i thought they may have gotten pinched for underage drinkers......

 
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Jet Sterling
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Joined: Dec 14, 2005
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From: Champaign, IL
Posted: 2007-07-03 8:30 pm   Permalink

For those of you who cannot make it out to Tiki Terrace on Thursday and may find yourself in front of your computer...we will be doing a little Exotica-Chicago warm-up on our radio show (Surfabilly Freakout). Tune in to wpgu.com from 9-10p (Central) on Thursday to hear many of the bands that will be playing on Friday night and Saturday.

Looking forward to a great weekend!
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Tiki Terrace
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Posted: 2007-07-03 10:07 pm   Permalink

Hey everyone! Tiki Terrace will be vending too! Like the Chef, we had to close a week ago due to a family emergency. But, we are open again and working hard to maintain without our brother Jim. I hope all goes well for the Chef. I know just one week out was had a HUGE impact on our business

Anyhow, we will be vending at the Fitzgerald too. We hoped to use the Exotica date to launch our apparel line, but are still a bit away from going "online". Still, we will have a very good aresenal of apparel on hand and will be giving out quite a bit of freebies and maybe do a raffle (a raffle if da bossman is ok wit $1 tickets). We wanted to raffle off a limited edition piece... only 10 made and each numbered. Bamboo Ben has #2 and we will raffle #3... it is a pretty huge embroidered tiki piece and possibly the biggest in production today/ever (over 250,000 stiches) on a Dickies jacket... we will custom out the text on the front for the winner (maybe a mention of the Exotica event if you like???). We have a pretty good variety of designs for cheap! So stop by the booth and give Bob a hard time!!! He loves his Patron and voodoo tequilla, so if you buy him a drink, Im sure he will deal! He is our favorite drunken regular at Tiki Terrace.

We also been working on a drink special for the Thursday night event at our place. We JUST FINISHED IT TONIGHT and we are really excited about it. Served in real coconuts from Hawaii.... has 4.5 oz alcohol... Guaranteed mo betta than any other coconut contained cocktail anywhere in the Midwest!

we'll also give away free raffle tickets on Thurday night... Just ask Phil or Scott for the tickets!

Shootz! Have a great weekend in Chicago!


 
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Tikitatt
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Posted: 2007-07-08 8:59 pm   Permalink

Tikitatt (me) and my wife Shanna just happened to be in Chicago and just got home about an hour ago. We live in Huntington Beach, CA. and decided while in Chicago we had to check out Hala Kaliki. Funny thing was we remembered some people from last years Tiki Oasis party in San Diego. Hope everyone had a great time and will post our pictures soon. Again, it was great seeing everyone again being a little sober this time. Well should say we started there and not quite sure where we ended up. What a great week we had in Chicago. BTW, too tired to spell check.... Oh well!

Mahalo to all,
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2007-07-09 12:22 pm   Permalink

A big Mahalo to all those involved with Exotica 2007! Duke & Amy, The Vastas, Eddie Angel, Fitzgerald's, all the volunteers, the bands and all those wonderful fans who purchased one of my tiki creations on Saturday. Your compliments keep me carving and it is an honor to have a place in your homes and tiki hideaways! Jen and I were hot and tired by the end of the day, but like 2005 we had a blast!

Thanks again everyone!



 
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sneakyjack
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Joined: May 25, 2004
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From: NYC Area
Posted: 2007-07-09 3:15 pm   Permalink

I was in chi town saturday driving from summerfest in Milwaulkee - but no tiki for me just an airport run but I'm interested in what went down - I was so close but just couldn't swing it - any pics vids ???


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Numatiki
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Joined: Apr 25, 2007
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-07-09 6:45 pm   Permalink

My girlfriend and I spent about 10 hours soaking up the surf music, the tiki vibe, and about 150 ounces of cool beverages at Saturday's event.

Being our first real tiki event since getting into the scene (we're building a home tiki bar), we didn't really know anyone but everyone that we did speak to was very friendly. We ate both lunch and dinner at the Wishbone next door, wandered down the street to Horrorbles and picked up a miniature Gort doll from "The Day The Earth Stood Still", asked Duke and Amy about our Treasure Craft "albino tiki", gave up a small fortune on Lake Tiki's fine crafts, got some great shirts from various vendors, but mostly just sat and took in the music, hour after hour. (We also sweat quite a bit - ninety-something degrees...phew!) The bands were all top-notch, the dancers were amusing, and I got to see The Trashmen do "Surfin' Bird", a song I used to listen to over and over on my record player as a kid.

And, oh yeah, I proposed to my girlfriend before leaving. (She said yes)

Thanks to everyone involved. Needless to say we had a blast and won't soon forget it.


 
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ted tiki
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Joined: Oct 11, 2004
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From: minneapolis
Posted: 2007-07-10 06:20 am   Permalink

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And, oh yeah, I proposed to my girlfriend before leaving. (She said yes)

Thanks to everyone involved. Needless to say we had a blast and won't soon forget it.



Congrats, that is awesome! The wife and I had a great time as well. It was like an endurance competition at some points with the heat, but the bands and vendors made everything worthwhile.


 
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mattfink
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Joined: May 05, 2003
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From: Detroit
Posted: 2007-07-10 10:00 am   Permalink

Man, what a killer party!! Should have some pics up very soon that I'll share with everyone...big thanks to the Vastas and the Dukes for keeping it going!!

 
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