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Trader Vic's (Benson Hotel), Portland, OR (restaurant)
hang10tiki
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Posted: 2011-12-19 03:15 am   Permalink

My wifes Dad use to put down a few here quite often back in the day, dammmmm i wish he had an i-Phone back then...

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-03-14 4:59 pm   Permalink

I just got a nice feature matchbook from the Trader Vic's in Portland. I have not seen one like this before with the tapa.



Or the design of the feature sticks.



Anybody know if these designs were used elsewhere?

DC


 
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tikidon
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From: portland OR
Posted: 2012-07-13 11:31 am   Permalink

Found this online

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-07-13 2:31 pm   Permalink

Judging by the cars, the "Before" photo must have been taken in the 80s, when the A-frame entrance and the great sign were already gone

 
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Tiki Wachee
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From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2012-07-14 1:37 pm   Permalink

i just thought I'd post this link to the new Trader Vic's Portland in this thread, just to make it easier to find:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=43104&forum=2

I think they've done an exceptional job with the new place, wouldn't you agree?

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-09-28 9:01 pm   Permalink

Just got this postcard with a great view of the Trader Vic's features on the old Benson Hotel building.

The overhead scene.



Close up of the Trader Vic's corner with the torches lit.



Cool stuff.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-09-29 06:05 am   Permalink

Judging by the cars, the change from the A-frame entrance to the look above happened already in the late 60s/ early 70s

It might be of interest that the "thatched roof" on the corner seems to have been made of the same weather-resistent metal fronds that the wonderful SAFARI CLUB in the little lumber town of Estacada uses:


Main Street Estacada


Humu and Naomi under the sign


This place is taxidermy heaven

This stuff clearly survived the rainy Northwest climate much better than real palm frond thatching would have.


 
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tikidon
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Posted: 2012-09-29 11:14 am   Permalink

I was just at the Safari Club last week and the recently painted thatch appears to be made of Tin. The Alibi in Portland has the same painted tin thatch as well.



 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-09-30 02:16 am   Permalink

Aaah, the Alibi, of course!

Looks like they repainted the Safari Club "palm fronds" and added appropriate art to the entrance.
I believe it is under new, youthful management now. Anything that keeps that place going is good with me:
http://www.legendarysafariclub.com/index-1.html

This species of North-Western palm seems akin to the Wildwood palm tree variety :

http://roadsidenut.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/day-2-a-perfect-summer-day-in-nj/


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-10-03 5:53 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-09-29 06:05, bigbrotiki wrote:


Humu and Naomi under the sign



The heck with the tin thatch story, you had double date with Humu and Naomi at the Safari Club? Nice!!

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-10-03 10:07 pm   Permalink

...and they got really scared and I had to comfort them !

Here's lil' Humu and BIG polar bear:



 
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tigertail777
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2012-10-04 10:52 pm   Permalink

When did they put the Polar bear behind glass? It used to be out in the open on a pedestal that was supposed to resemble an iceburg. Obviously I have not visited in many years. Those stuffed animals kinda freaked me out and made me sad.

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-09-18 3:39 pm   Permalink

Found a few more images from Trader Vic's at the Benson Hotel on-line. Some cool-e-o stuff.

Color photos that came from the shoot done for the postcard.

With people..


Without people


Another view of the exterior.



A red awning has been added to the entrance, and look at that Tiki on the sidewalk towards the corner.



Cool shot of the bar, check out those Tiki bowls on the right of the bar.



A strange looking simian Tiki on the entrance sign.



Signature Trader Vic's Tiki.




DC


 
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heylownine
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Posted: 2014-10-08 4:00 pm   Permalink

Not that there's been a ton of change on this corner, but since Val and I are staying at the Benson this week, we had to take a couple of photos. These are from October 7, 2014.













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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2014-10-08 4:08 pm   Permalink

Thanks Kevin! nice to see how it looks today.

 
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