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Don the Beachcomber - The Locations (Updated 11-22-10)
Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-06-03 3:12 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-06-03 12:49, JONPAUL wrote:
This one's for DC (sorry about the wait, brutha!):
More recent 35mm transparency finds...
Don the Beachcomber, Santa Barbara!



Notice the salt & pepper shakers on the table and the OA decorations.



Check out the guy on the right of the buffet!



Yeah, a large part of the shot is in silhouette, but it provides photographic proof that the location was indeed at the Santa Barbara Inn, right across from the water.

Okole Maluna!





Jon Paul,

I am floored, finally photos of the DTB in Santa Barbara. The place looks awesome, I really can't remember it looking that good when I went there o so many years ago, but it was always for happy hour and you know how that goes with the memory.

Thanks for finding and posting those great photos.

DC

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HOUSE OF KU
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Posted: 2011-06-04 01:32 am   Permalink

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On 2011-06-02 08:56, Dustycajun wrote:
Phillip,

I agree, great new photos from Trad'r Bill. For those that don't know what Blair's was:



Here is a brochure that sold on ebay recently.




They made a variety of wood products



Including Tikis of different sizes.




DC



Didn't Paul Fujimoto carve for Blair's also?!



http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=31906&forum=5&hilite=paul fujimoto blair
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-06-07 08:27 am   Permalink

Yes, Bigbro....no real tiki left, but still recognizable as the Dons in the Sahara.



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On 2011-05-30 22:33, bigbrotiki wrote:
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On 2011-05-16 20:53, mrsmiley wrote:
How sad to think that Vintage Tiki still existed in Las Vegas and it was right under our noses!



There couldn't have been much of anything Tiki left in there. All the Tikis that were at the entrance and the Tiki poles along the walls were returned to Oceanic Arts more than 15 years ago when the place closed. What might have still been there could have been those weird 70s looking leaf gazebo roofs, but with their purple color scheme they were an un-Polynesian oddity to begin with.


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Posted: 2011-06-16 11:18 pm   Permalink

Here are some shots I took today at the Liquidation sale at the Sahara Casino;




Not sure if this bar was original to Don's;

But these outcroppings could have been something nice! I assume the thatch was added by the Mexican Restaurant that was there after Don's closed...

Nice ceiling doo-dad;


A bad shot of the waterfall at the entrance;


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Posted: 2011-06-20 10:49 pm   Permalink

Ok, it may be a little sad when you realise that I yelled "BINGO!" when I found these items! One was about 30 years old and survived in the back of a drawer!

The photocopy is from January 3, 1987 and is about 3 pages long. The rums are on the last page.



The handwritten invoice is from December 2, 1981 as is for;

4 qt Dark rum
5 qt Myers Rum
1 Qt Lemon Hart Rum
2 Qt Lite (light) Rum
1 Qt Vodka
1 Martell
1 Coruvoisier
1 Kahlua
4 Pure Almond Ex.
6 Orange "Curacacao"
2 Triple Sec
6 Orgeat

I think I drank one of those at Frankies on Friday night--yikes!
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-06-21 10:24 pm   Permalink

Some Vegas Dates; 1962 Don the Beachcomber at the Sahara opens.
Donn Beach passed away in 1989, the remaining Beachcomber chain folded one year later. My receipt I found behind a drawer is from January 3, 1987 so it was open then. So it closed between 1987 and 1990. Too bad...I visited Vegas then and would have gone had I known it was there!


 
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Posted: 2011-07-06 6:48 pm   Permalink

just wanna show this monkeypod painting once more...thats Sunny as the main character...


it Is for sale..luv to sell it to the NEW Dons.,great place to dine & drink


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2011-07-07 09:29 am   Permalink

Been talking to one of Don's closest friends recently. I may have read, but didn't quite recall about the riverboat. It was Don's intention to make it a floating gambling hall, etc. When the international food critics meeting or some such gathering was occuring, he had the riverboat parked on the runway so they all saw it when they came in. And the huricane came and destroyed it...

You might add #22 as Bora Bora, which Don and my friend opened together in California it seems...


 
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Posted: 2011-07-07 10:51 am   Permalink

And didn't the first place start on the day after Prohibition just like Hinky Dinks on December 5th or 6th in 1933?
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2011-07-07 7:25 pm   Permalink

Jon Paul - those photos from the Santa Barbara location are outstanding!

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On 2011-07-07 09:29, Swanky wrote:
You might add #22 as Bora Bora, which Don and my friend opened together in California it seems...



Swanky - Is your friend named Bernard Gordon? If so, that would make it the Bora Bora in Encino:


(from a 1963 newspaper article)

Here's another long-buried post on the Bora Bora from 2002:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=1880&forum=1&7

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-07-07 11:13 pm   Permalink

Sabu, nice to see you back. So, Don lived in Encino and the Bora Bora was located in Encino.





Swanky's story is getting interesting, need some more info.

DC


 
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Posted: 2011-07-09 05:17 am   Permalink

Ah, the Bora Bora in the valley! Mythic place of great Tiki splendor ...that unfortunately did not live long. It would be good to find out more about it.

And I am glad DC experienced closure in his quest for some S.B. Don's interiors!


 
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Posted: 2011-07-09 7:13 pm   Permalink

Great post Dustycajun!!!
Love the photos.


 
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Posted: 2011-08-19 1:26 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2011-09-04 12:23 am   Permalink

At an estate sale last weekend, I picked up a vintage photo folder from the Sahara in Las Vegas that appears to date from the 1970s. On the back were views of the various rooms, including the House of Lords, Casbar Lounge, and this still life from Don The Beachcomber's, which seems to indicate some kind of rock waterfall feature in the background:




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