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Royal Hawaiian, Laguna Beach, CA (restaurant)
bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11169
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-04-25 5:42 pm   Permalink

Since this is turning into the Royal Hawaiian MEMORIAL THREAD now, let me twist the thorn in the wound a little more and talk about the historical importance of the ORIGINAL restaurant:

The first menu:

The Royal Hawaiian was opened by Francis Cabang sometime in the late 40s, and thus was the oldest running Polynesian restaurant in original condition on the West coast


menu detail

In the 1950s it even had a sister restaurant in Anaheim...


...which, it is said, was a favorite hangout for Walt Disney (and might even have inspired the Tiki Room?)

Because the the Cabang family was from the Phillipines, they were friends with both of the Fillipino Tiki carvers in L.A., Milan Guanko and Andres Bumatay. These talented artists both supplied Tikis for the restaurant:


The entrance with a Milan Guanko Tiki as railing post


An elegant cartoony Guanko Tiki inside

Unfortunately, the really cool Andres Bumatay Tikis in front of the restaurant began to dissappear in the 90s and early 2000s:


First there were 3 (some even say 4)


..then there were two


..then only one left.

When they were all gone, they were replaced with misbegotten
nouveaux Tiki "Tree Spirit" type carvings that had little in
common with Polynesian art. As is the way of things....


 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8904
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2007-04-25 8:52 pm   Permalink

snif snif, thanks for the tour down memory lane Sven.

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
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T1K1 LEE
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Joined: Apr 22, 2007
Posts: 37
Posted: 2007-04-28 10:04 am   Permalink

People know not what they destroy.

 
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rockdad
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Joined: Apr 29, 2007
Posts: 1
Posted: 2007-04-29 09:14 am   Permalink

The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach has been there since 1947. Members of my family and my wife's family have been going there since the 1940s. It is still open, although forgettable now that the new owners have ruined it. Here's a review of our recent visit:
Update on the Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach:
My wife and I have been there two times since the new owners
took over. Both our families have been regular visitors to
the RH for fifty years. JR and his sister (the old owners
whose parents started the restaurant) are sorely missed.
Only one half of the restaurant is now open (the side with
the bar), the other side is closed for renovations. The
atmosphere is ruined; from the street it looks like heck,
but since we are old friends we had to go check it out. On
Sunday, April 22 (our anniversary) we went and were much
disappointed. The price of the signature ribs dinner is so
high now that our two meals, with a bread basket but no
appetizers or alcohol, topped out at fifty dollars. Service
was lousy, I couldn't find anyone when it was time to pay
the bill. No Hawaiian music, no island-style interior, and
it looks like they have made zero progress on the remodel
since last summer. We won't be going back. ~sigh~ Now I know
why JR sold the place. It had horrible termite damage, the entire old structure needs to be rebuilt, the roof is wood shake and must be replaced, etc. JR would not have been able to afford to do everything necessary to satisfy the City of Laguna Beach building codes.
My wife and I fondly remember Christmases of the past, when JR's sister would play Polynesian songs on a piano brought in for the occasion. A priceless treasure is lost. The new owners apparently don't care about the traditions of the old restaurant.

Anyone want the recipe for the delicious "Ono Ono" salad dressing? Here ya go:

ONO-ONO SALAD DRESSING

1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 or 2 teaspoons Coleman's Dry Mustard
1/2 cup Best Foods mayonnaise
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled, plus additional for garnish
Chilled lettuce, such as Bibb lettuce or Hawaiian Manoa lettuce

Procedure:

1. Mix all ingredients except cheese and lettuce in food processor.
Blend thoroughly.
2. Place mixture in bowl and gently add the crumbled cheese. Cover and
chill well.
3. Serve on Hawaiian Manoa lettuce with an extra sprinkle of cheese on top.

Enjoy!








 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7456
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2007-04-30 8:55 pm   Permalink

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Dont it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see em
Dont it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that d.d.t. now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!
Dont it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man
Dont it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8904
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2007-04-30 11:49 pm   Permalink

Ben is on a rampage.
look out everybody.

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
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Joe Banks
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Joined: Aug 02, 2007
Posts: 555
From: An island in Catlandia
Posted: 2007-10-16 08:15 am   Permalink

It lives...





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WooHooWahine
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Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3105
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2007-10-16 09:01 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-03-11 21:05, WooHooWahine wrote:
It's time to pull the cord and let the Memory and Spirit of The Royal Hawaiian R.I.P














 
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Monkeyman
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Joined: Mar 04, 2003
Posts: 2368
From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2007-10-18 08:52 am   Permalink

Its coming back.

Why the RIP?

It will be different... but its coming back.

The new owners had a full shipment of Teak furniture delivered for the dining area last week.. I dropped off 7 of the bamboo resin lamps..

the decorator Im working with has been a regular customer at Oceanic Arts purchasing many lamps there as well.

Not sure what the final look and feel will be but they have been buying a lot of really nice stuff to put in there.

time will tell... its not dead yet


 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8904
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2007-10-18 9:07 pm   Permalink

I'm crossing my fingers.

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
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rugbymatt
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Joined: Jun 03, 2005
Posts: 1203
From: Sacramento
Posted: 2007-10-27 1:04 pm   Permalink

It...is....ALIVE!

 
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WooHooWahine
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Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3105
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2007-11-04 7:35 pm   Permalink

SoccerTiki, MakeDaMug, and I were there a week ago for dinner. There is still
A Lot of work to be done.


 
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5820
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2007-11-05 12:12 pm   Permalink

I hear they're gonna have a gay night.

 
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twowheelin'tiki
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Joined: Nov 28, 2002
Posts: 712
From: santa monica
Posted: 2007-11-06 06:49 am   Permalink

It would be cool to see it come back, as long as "gay night" is not saturday night!.Unga said it....

 
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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: 2007-11-11 11:41 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-11-04 19:35, WooHooWahine wrote:
SoccerTiki, MakeDaMug, and I were there a week ago for dinner. There is still
A Lot of work to be done.



Aloha, Woohoowahinie:

What did you think of what had occurred so far?


 
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