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Royal Hawaiian, Laguna Beach, CA (restaurant)
BryanDeanMartin
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Joined: Jan 31, 2005
Posts: 87
Posted: 2007-03-08 9:36 pm   Permalink

Well, damn. I had my hopes up when I drove by and saw the renovation sign, but none of this is sounding positive.

At least there's light at the end of the tunnel for Sam's Seafood.


 
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bb moondog
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Joined: Apr 18, 2006
Posts: 492
From: Gilbert AZ
Posted: 2007-03-09 1:30 pm   Permalink

Has ANYONE got any updates to this--is it COMPLETELY defunct? That was one of my ALL-TIME FAVES --and the lapu-lapu is a LEGENDARY intoxicant --what has replaced it? or did they DOZE it and put in some new craptastic kind of CA trough?

 
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WooHooWahine
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Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3113
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2007-03-11 9:05 pm   Permalink

You Asked for It You Got It.....

Lapu Lapu's: Too Much OJ & Passion Fruit Mix
Only Remaining Tiki's: 2 Infront by the Sign and on the Inside/Outside of the Door
Food: Mediocre/Increased Prices $$
Music: Traditional Hawaiian until 7pm then Hip Hop Beebop

CAUTION: Not for the WEAK at Heart









It's time to pull the cord and let the Memory and Spirit of The Royal Hawaiian R.I.P











 
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rugbymatt
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Joined: Jun 03, 2005
Posts: 1203
From: Sacramento
Posted: 2007-03-12 05:49 am   Permalink

Ohhhhh the agony!

Glad I made it out there before this travesty. On the bright side at least there something left, they could have put up another damn Walgreens instead.


 
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PremEx
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Joined: Aug 23, 2006
Posts: 292
From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2007-03-12 1:10 pm   Permalink

Good Lord.

 
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TikiJosh
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Joined: Feb 01, 2005
Posts: 735
Posted: 2007-03-13 1:47 pm   Permalink

The little tiki garden is gone! I can't believe it! Arrrrgh!
At least Sam's is coming back!

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2007-03-14 4:40 pm   Permalink

I give it six months.

Bastards


 
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WooHooWahine
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From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2007-03-14 9:29 pm   Permalink

Here's what's left of the Diorama:




 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7463
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2007-03-14 10:16 pm   Permalink

THAT'S FUCKED UP!!!!

 
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TikiJosh
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Posts: 735
Posted: 2007-03-15 2:47 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-03-14 22:16, RevBambooBen wrote:
THAT'S FUCKED UP!!!!


Damn straight!
I remember the first time I ever went in there. I saw the little tiki garden out there and thought hey, this is a nice place. Just what I've been looking for. The Missus and I went back a couple of times. Good times. Sniff.......



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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2007-04-19 9:48 pm   Permalink

Look again at the before and after photos.
I'm still pissed off!


 
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Cammo
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Joined: May 18, 2006
Posts: 1952
From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-04-19 10:17 pm   Permalink

Every summer it was our ritual to go see the Laguna Sawdust Festival, the Koi Pond store (a really cool place) and end up at the beach right below the Royal Hawaiian. We'd go snorkling at the cove, shell hunting, make a sand castle, and get generally famished by sunset.

Then we'd just go up to the RH in our bathing suits and sometimes change in the bathrooms upstairs, sometimes just sit there drying off at the tables. And we'd pig out at unbelievably cheap prices. We've taken friends from Canada there, sat swilling blue drinks in soaking wet clothes and waiting for the shrimp and ribs to arrive.

Every single person around us was a return customer, the older ones had been coming since the '60s. Elizabeth Taylor's parents ran an art gallery a block away. Wyland got started a half block from that. Some of the really old customers remembered their parents (!) going surfing there in the 1920's. We honeymooned at the Eiler Inn, 5 minutes away.

So I'm really really sad, but we knew that special places are here for a very short time. The Royal Hawaiian lasted longer than any, but better that it's really screwed up than just watered down. Better dead than wheezing.

So bid goodbye, or rather Aloha, to our friends and golden memories at the Royal. That island has sunk slowly to the horizon, the oceans of change have finally washed it away.

I'm gonna have a drink. Hey, why doesn't somebody invent a new drink called the ROYAL HAWAIIAN????


 
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ForedeckApe
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Joined: Apr 21, 2007
Posts: 4
From: Stonington, CT
Posted: 2007-04-21 11:22 am   Permalink

We made our annual stop at RH last night. Reading this forum, I was a bit worried of what we would find, but we gave it a try. I am not sure that all is lost.

First, it is a construction zone. With the cold weather, it was a tad chilly inside. From an engineer and former brewpub owner's eye, it looks like the new owners are having to update to meet some of the building and fire codes that have come into place since the original structure was opened. The wheelchair ramp out front for the ADA is changing the front. It looks like the brick wall coverings are brick to meet the flame spread code that the Station fire showed us the importance of. I imagine UL listed palm mat wallpaper is dear to be found. Given that they are operating during construction, I'd say they are working on a shoestring budget and are doing the best they can given they are at the mercy of the city officials who have to work within national safety codes that where written to turn the world into malls mini-marts and TGIFrigdays. The non-fire rated doors are the originals. I know that having restrooms upstairs can be a problem.

The menu changes removed the lamb chops and the teriyaki steak is now a fillet. Considering the lamb chops were my spouse's destination meal, she grilled the server to make up for it's disappearance. We were assured, the kitchen staff is the same. The veggies on ice are gone, but the salad and dressing are the same. The french onion soup is good, but I can't remember it from before. The ribs are as good as ever.

Bar wise, the Mai Tai are tasty, but weak which I don't think is a change. The lapu-lapu tasted much the same as the Mai Tai. They are of the fruity variety, and didn't seem to have any orgeat in them. At about 8:15, a loud PA system came on in the bar and a voice making an attempt at being a DJ filled the building. The dance music started.

The interesting thing I noticed was the bar was busy with a younger crowd. Some were wearing bits of pyrate clothing. I think pyrate people are close enough to tiki people that this is a good thing and may keep this land mark alive while the building codes take their toll.


 
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Luckydesigns
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Joined: Sep 15, 2002
Posts: 2191
From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2007-04-24 9:55 pm   Permalink

Oh yeah...... It's much better now.....
Jerks.


 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8927
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2007-04-25 08:58 am   Permalink

Everytime somebody posts something new to this thread.
I think of the new owner, and say what the Dad on That 70's show says,
"DUMBASSES"

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
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