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Joined: Jan 11, 2011
Posts: 60
From: Sacramento
Posted: 2013-02-10 12:34 pm   Permalink

Ah, the Gobbler! Thought they had finally ripped it down. Looks like they left the restaurant?


as for me... I swear if the Land Park Ski Shop ever goes out of business, I'm turning it into a Tiki Bar/Restaurant. The outside is already more than halfway there...

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 27, 2011
Posts: 277
Posted: 2013-02-10 3:50 pm   Permalink

I agree that the Land Park Ski Shop looks destined to be Tikified. That would be awesome!

Lileks was pretty harsh on the Gobbler motel but the Gobbler Restaurant has a lot going for it. It looks like an early 80's Getty era Don the Beachcomber space ship style restaurant. It has Lava rock, ROTATING BAR, and a mast that could be converted into an awesome tiki torch that could be seen for miles around. Maybe that was on the now demolished motel but you get the idea! The best part is the appliances, furnace and "bar rotation motors" have been recently replaced, they installed a new Boise (hopefully Bose!) sound system and they only want some $900,000. In Palo Alto that wouldn't even get you a 900 sq. ft. 50 year old shack!

If it's still available when I retire I'm going to cash out of California, convert the "Gobbler's Nest" above the bar into my residence (a la Kelbos perch) and fill the restaurant with authentic carvings from every region of the mysterious South Seas. Every hour and twenty minutes I'll get to tour the entire region.

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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1799
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-02-11 05:22 am   Permalink


On 2013-02-10 07:17, TropicDrinkBoy wrote:
If you don't mind moving to Wisconsin here is a classic mid-century restaurant that is begging to be tikified: http://buythegobbler.com/ . I believe it already has lava rock walls. Be sure to view the "Photo Tour" and "Full Details" links.

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That place is amazing. Holy carp. The 80s were not kind to it, but it's in magnificent shape. With all the purple, all I can think is that should be turned into the first SHAG themed bar. Not just tiki, Jet Set, Swanky, Tiki madness. All Shag. The color scheme, everything. It needs to be the real world embodiment of a Shag painting.

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Nokala Rocky
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 13, 2005
Posts: 80
From: Rochester
Posted: 2013-02-17 10:47 am   Permalink

I wasn't quite sure where to post these pictures. Since there are other Tiki like buildings in this thread, this seemed to be the place. This place is walking distance from my apartment. It has been a used car dealership for a long time. My earliest memories are of a pizza place!? in the mid 70's. I am going to try to dig up more info of it next week on my days off. It is located at 1700 Ridge rd east here in Rochester.

I'm wondering if there was a company that offered this as a generic restaurant building, or was it specific to a chain?

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Joined: Aug 07, 2010
Posts: 437
From: Michigan
Posted: 2013-03-26 11:52 am   Permalink

There is this tiny, horrible bikini bar nearby with scary waitresses that serve only hot beer.If it goes up for sale again, I'd buy it, gut it and turn it into a tiny, loveable lounge.It's small enough and easy enough to get to (also right next to the local paved river trail) that I could run it without too much of a loss until hopefully good word of mouth would get it noticed.It would be the first tiki lounge in the area since the 80's.......... If I had insane amounts of money I'd try to revive the Coco Palms.
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 2471
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2013-03-26 12:24 pm   Permalink

Good idea. They have a beer/liquor license, and that could be very costly to acquire.

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