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Countdown for LA Trader Vic's
RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2009-04-17 11:08 pm   Permalink



I'm confused.

Is it opening this coming Monday? 4/20?

Are Tiki Diablos Tikis up ?

Anyone have any pics?

I might be up that way mon/tues and will have to check it out.

Maybe I can sneek in the back door and snap some pics!

stealth!

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Beachbumz
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From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2009-04-18 01:23 am   Permalink

I'd Love to see It!!
you go Ben...


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christiki295
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2009-04-18 9:16 pm   Permalink

The website states April 25th, next Sat.
I wonder if there will be a "soft" opening prior.

http://www.tradervicsla.com





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Ojaitimo
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Posted: 2009-04-19 08:55 am   Permalink

Getting close. The inspectors have delayed the opening according to Trader John. The Chinese oven being one issue they are not used to dealing with. They are still working hard to open ASAP and the people at LA Live were all having fun and packing the place next door last night.
I'll post more pictures when Trader Vic's is ready. Here are a couple of the exterior from last night.

I'd like to see a Tiki Central night at Trader Vic's like Tiki Ti has.
My vote is for Thursday or Sunday night since I am in LA those nights.
I think you are all going to be jazzed when you first walk in. I am pretty jaded and I was shocked when I entered. Talk about transporting one self! Great job Trader John.






















 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2009-04-19 8:07 pm   Permalink


That tile is pretty contempo...

Fitting in that area.

Anymore pics or exact dates??
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bigtikidude
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2009-04-19 9:04 pm   Permalink

I'd be up for a Sun nite TC nite at trader vics.
as its not as busy as fri. or sat.
I'm off monday,
and Tiki Ti is not open on sun.
so if I am up for a drink on sun in LA area.
I have to go to BH TV and I'm kinda over that hassle.

please update when the Opening will be, when known.
thanks for the updates Tim.

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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2009-04-20 6:20 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-04-19 08:55, Ojaitimo wrote:
Getting close. The inspectors have delayed the opening according to Trader John. The Chinese oven being one issue they are not used to dealing with. They are still working hard to open ASAP . . .



Nice photos.

Is everything ready, or not quite?
Just 4 biz days left.

The inspectors delayed the opening?
Doesn't Phil Anschutz own AEG and therefore LA Live.
Doesn't he have enough clout to have the inspectors grant a conditional or temporary permit? He certainly has enough $$$ to pay them to look the other way.


 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2009-04-20 6:52 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-04-20 18:20, christiki295 wrote:
Quote:

On 2009-04-19 08:55, Ojaitimo wrote:
Getting close. The inspectors have delayed the opening according to Trader John. The Chinese oven being one issue they are not used to dealing with. They are still working hard to open ASAP . . .



Nice photos.

Is everything ready, or not quite?
Just 4 biz days left.

The inspectors delayed the opening?
Doesn't Phil Anschutz own AEG and therefore LA Live.
Doesn't he have enough clout to have the inspectors grant a conditional or temporary permit? He certainly has enough $$$ to pay them to look the other way.



Even Frankies Tiki Room in Vegas ( 1200 sq ft?) was able to get a temporary permit for their opening in Dec. 08. ( now full fledge).

I REALLY dig that entry! Serious!! That bamboo-ish tile rocks! Can't wait to see Danny's Tikis out there with it!

For a " Mall" type store front, it's gonna POP!!!

...and blow away the others!
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TIKI-RAY
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Joined: May 18, 2003
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From: Alta Loma, California
Posted: 2009-04-21 08:43 am   Permalink

Ive been a union construction foreman for 20+ years working mostly in LA county . I spent 3 years at a Kaiser hospital job which could have been finished in a year and a half . But these days the paperwork is more important that than the final product . If something happens such as an earthquake or a pipe bursting, look out because they want to go back through the records to see who inspected it and installed it and have their heads on a stick .You can do everything possible to make it as safe as possible but when an earthquake come , Mother Nature always wins .
Just to mount an anchor in the concrete ceiling is a major task. First you find an inspector available to watch you drill the hole overhead , then the next day you have to set an appointment to get him to that area again to confirm that it is still a hole and then you can set the anchor and torque it to specs . Then you need to set an apointment 2 days later to get him back there to retorque it where he might finally sign it off .This is just one of thousands of anchors in the building . Now add in plumbing , electrical , sheet metal ducts, a/c piping and all the cosmetics for decor . Then you have temp inspections , punchlists and hopefully you will get a final signoff in the near future . Thats just mechanical, dont forget health inspections going on as well.
In a high profile area such as this , you are lucky to be getting this establishment this early . Remember, the bigger the name, the bigger the building, the bigger the problems.


 
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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2009-04-21 08:53 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-04-19 08:55, Ojaitimo wrote:
I'd like to see a Tiki Central night at Trader Vic's like Tiki Ti has.



At the grand opening party for the Chicago Trader Vic's last week, the general manager, Pallava, told me that he is shipping out to L.A. to be the GM at the new Vic's out there.

Before Chicago, Pallava was at Atlanta.

He's a younger guy who gets Tiki, or at least understands the importance of our crowd in supporting and hyping a Tiki restaurant.

*He* approached *me* about reviving Tabu Tiki Night in Chicago, and I'd be that he'd be into having a regular event for the TC regulars in L.A. as well.

Give him a month or two to catch his breath (he is moving out there today, I think, and he is going to have a lot on his plate getting things up and running), but then talk to him about it.

If a TC person wants to step up to organize and plan the event, it just might happen for you.










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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2009-04-22 12:52 pm   Permalink

The website now has a countdown clock on its site, so this Saturday may happen.

 
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Tiki Diablo
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
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From: socal
Posted: 2009-04-23 12:13 am   Permalink

Dropping my tikis off thurs morning.

 
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Tom Slick
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From: The Beaches of South Bay, SoCal
Posted: 2009-04-23 02:57 am   Permalink

I had read May 2nd on the site earlier today....?
http://www.tradervicsla.com/

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christiki295
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3818
From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2009-04-23 3:59 pm   Permalink

And no more count-down clock, either.

 
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Limbo Lizard
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From: Aboard the 'Leaky Tiki', Dallas
Posted: 2009-04-23 4:31 pm   Permalink

Clock's back, now, and looks like it's counting down to midnight, Friday night,May 1.
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