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Trouble at Lanai Liquors
Tiki Royale
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From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2004-03-12 10:06 pm   Permalink

So I popped into the Lanai Liquors this afternoon on my way home and I notice the place looks a little sparce... Whatever. So I make my way over to the booze wall to have a look and all of a sudden the guy behind the counter tells me he can't sell me any liquor.
I tell him, "It's O.K. I have I.D." and he tells me that his license has been revoked!
I couldn't find out what happened because he went back to muttering to the broad he was muttering to when I walked in. Anyway, just thought I'd relay the news. I have a feeling the days of the Lanai are numbered...
Aloha,


 
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Primo Kimo
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From: Vermont
Posted: 2004-03-14 06:07 am   Permalink

I had a friend, in San Mateo, do some snooping for me just a month ago. One of the stops I forced him to scout was Lanai Liquors. He got in a conversation with whomever was there at the time (the owner maybe) and walked out with some old liquor advertising (gigantor CuttySark bottle, etc.). When (the owner) was asked about tiki releated items my friend was told that just a few days before someone bought the two tikis above the front door.
Sounds like it's been a slow death for ol' Lanai Liquors. Shame. I'm Thirsty.


 
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Fonduie
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From: San Carlos (San Francisco Bay Area)
Posted: 2004-03-18 5:38 pm   Permalink

I haven't spoken to the guy for a while but about a year ago he told me that he made better money selling porno mags than he ever did selling booze. That was until his wife made him stop selling them.

I guess that was a bad move.


 
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cynfulcynner
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From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2004-03-18 5:54 pm   Permalink


I wonder what he did to get his liquor license revoked!



 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2004-03-19 4:59 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-03-18 17:54, cynfulcynner wrote:

I wonder what he did to get his liquor license revoked!




He angered the tiki gods by even thinking about NOT selling the Tiki to Randy!!
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Tiki Royale
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From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2004-07-10 11:04 am   Permalink

Well it finally happened.
I drove past the Lani Liquors yesterday and the beautiful sign is GONE. It looks like the whole place has been gutted and will probably be converted to something really swell in no time.
Aloha,


 
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PolynesianPop
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2004-07-10 3:13 pm   Permalink

What a shame. Lanai Liquors was a marquee tiki location on Shelter Island. I wonder what happened to the tiki? I hope they didn't just dump it.


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Tiki Royale
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From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2004-07-10 6:15 pm   Permalink

Hey PolyPop,
Ooops. I'm talking about the Lanai Liquors in San Mateo. It used to be next to the Lanai, a beautiful tiki establishment that was torn down years ago.
Didn't mean to alarm ya'.
Aloha,


 
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PolynesianPop
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Posted: 2004-07-11 4:00 pm   Permalink

Hang on... that was my mistake! For whatever strange reason, I pictured Trader Mort's!! Oops...

At least we know that the Lanai Liquors tiki is in safe hands with one of our own.


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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2004-07-12 12:06 pm   Permalink

"RIP- Lanai Liquors! " Having been born and raised in San Mateo, I am glad I read this AFTER my birthday.
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toomuchjoe
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From: Nocal
Posted: 2004-07-12 8:40 pm   Permalink

Lanai Liquors lost their license for selling to minors.
There is a new tenant that is making it a Delli.
They gave the sign away last week. I don't know who got it, but they came with a crane and set it in the back of a utility truck in about 20 minutes. I got this information from the neighbors at Danmar cabinet company.
Somebody got a steal on that neon. I wouldn't be surprised if Track 16 in Santa Monica didn't get it.


 
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aquarj
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Posted: 2004-07-14 2:30 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the update Royale. Being out of town, I guess we were both unfortunate and fortunate in a sense, to miss the final blow. It's hard to shake my own ghoulish lust for that sign, but at least it's good to know that someone took it somewhere (hopefully not the dump) instead of just destroying it as with the fate of so many other great signs.

Within just a few yards of that location, the old Villa and BK motors signs have also gone to googie heaven recently. Makes it feel just a little more urgent to get out the camera and shoot the other local signs while they're still here!

-Randy


 
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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2004-07-14 3:41 pm   Permalink

The awesome Aquarj Thread.

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=152&forum=1&start=0
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2004-07-14 6:45 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-07-14 15:41, Unga Bunga wrote:
The awesome Aquarj Thread.

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=152&forum=1&start=0



Within that thread is this link to photos of the Lanai Tiki AND the now gone, fantastic neon sign!
http://www.goofspot.com/bamboo/see/seepix.htm

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spy-tiki
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Posted: 2004-07-14 8:33 pm   Permalink

My folks moved us there in the early seventies from San Francisco (I spent the majority of my adolescence trying to get away... nothing to do and people perfectly content with that) and I'm ashamed to admit I had no idea the restaurant or liquor store even existed. Where was it?

 
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