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Don The Beachcomber Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (restaurant)
RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2011-07-05 6:35 pm   Permalink

This is the only pic that I have that has "Don the Beachcombers Las Vegas"
written on it with Eli's writing. I wonder who the other people are in that pic?
Eli is wearing the hat on the left.
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-08-01 8:12 pm   Permalink

Here is an item I got about a month ago. It is from the July 1962 issue of magazine for the Sahara Hotel. It talks about the scheduled Autumn 1962 opening of this Don The Beachcomber.




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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-08-01 9:39 pm   Permalink

Good to know exactly when it opened. For that early date, it was way "ahead of its time" with its design concept. Does the article mention anything about who perhaps might have been responsible for that purple pupule-ness?

 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-08-02 12:59 am   Permalink

No mention about the design team, Bigbro.

 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-08-07 5:00 pm   Permalink

I was able to hold the Blueprints from the 1959 Hi-Rise Tower addition in my hand for a few minutes. Here is the architect who did that job (in case they did mor work). A possible lead...


He did a few jobs for the Sahara and other casinos and is noted for his 3 Googie Ships Coffee Shop designs.
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-08-08 9:28 pm   Permalink

Here is a new photo to look at!


Nice clothes!
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Posted: 2011-08-09 4:20 pm   Permalink

Now THEY look like they fit in well under those leaf pods! That's what I meant with
"For that early date, it was way "ahead of its time" with its design concept"




 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-08-30 8:20 pm   Permalink

Here is a partial timeline of the space;
New Construction finished in 1962 with Don's opening in fall of 1962
Don's closed 1990 ish
Pacific Rim replaces Don's and is open until 1994 or 1995.
Pacific Rim is replaced by various Italian and Mexican Restaurants like Mexican Village.

Here are a couple items I found in the "ruins";





From a fridge in the kitchen;


And here is what I believe to be an original Don's chandelier over the bar;

And I found a couple more relics;


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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-12-17 7:27 pm   Permalink

Here are a couple images I came across;





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Posted: 2011-12-17 7:49 pm   Permalink

WTF ?? That's Porn star Harry Reems and Olympic Gold medalist Dorothy Hamill together !!

 
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Posted: 2014-01-30 5:02 pm   Permalink

Got this one a while ago
Just noticed I forgot to post it










Got this one today








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Posted: 2014-01-31 8:43 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-12-17 19:49, JOHN-O wrote:
WTF ?? That's Porn star Harry Reems and Olympic Gold medalist Dorothy Hamill together !!



Those were the swingin' sixties man.


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-02-02 07:47 am   Permalink

Working on something SWEET
Stay posted and cross your fingers with me


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Posted: 2014-02-12 11:22 pm   Permalink

Getting close.........


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Posted: 2014-03-18 7:34 pm   Permalink

Great day...
As stated above Ruth Masteas was the first hostess at the Vegas location.
I have had several great conversations with her recently.
It was a pleasure listening to many fond memories she had at DTB.
She passed on to me an awesome keepsake.
It was an honor to receive it and I knew I had to share it here.




This was her personal scorpion bowl























More to come...



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