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The Islands, Denver CO.?
Island Savage
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Joined: Sep 11, 2004
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From: Dana Point, CA.
Posted: 2005-02-25 7:42 pm   Permalink

I came across a vintage pair of s&p shakers (sungod figure) from the "ISLANDS" in Denver Co.I checked some references but could find nothing on this place.I did a search here and all it came up with was a post by someone else who too, found the same shakers.Anyone have any info on this place? Thanks.

 
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ino
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Joined: Jun 12, 2004
Posts: 10
From: Boulder, Colorado
Posted: 2005-02-26 06:39 am   Permalink

I lived in Boulder since 1992 and work in Denver and I've never heard of such a place.

Depending on where you search online (I tried google local, dexonline, and regular google) I found a place called "the island" at:

2233 S. Geneva St. In the outskirts of Aurora.

Each source said it was something different. One source indicated that it was a banquet hall, the other said it was a caterer, the third a bar.

This is the most likely candidate. If anyone wants me to check it out, I can go by there on my way home on Monday evening and see what's there.



 
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ZuluMagoo
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
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From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2005-02-26 08:45 am   Permalink

Here is a summary about the Denver Islands restaurant (and others) and its owner. Enjoy.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=4380&forum=1

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Island Savage
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Joined: Sep 11, 2004
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From: Dana Point, CA.
Posted: 2005-02-26 08:53 am   Permalink

Great story ZM...
Thanks for the info!


 
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Surf Seal
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Joined: Jul 08, 2004
Posts: 41
From: Seal Beach, CA
Posted: 2005-02-26 4:26 pm   Permalink

Is this the place that was actually in Glendale? When I was a kid I remember going to a polynesian restaurant in Glendale that was designed like like grass shacks that were surrounded by water. I loved that place. It was always vey busy, but still went out of business because it was not making enough money -- which I can never figure out.

 
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ZuluMagoo
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
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From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2005-02-26 4:59 pm   Permalink

Yes, it is the same place. According to Mr. Wong, the Denver operation was always profitable, however, it was his other establishments that eventually closed the doors.

 
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Surf Seal
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From: Seal Beach, CA
Posted: 2005-03-02 2:46 pm   Permalink

Bummer. That was the tiki place I remember best from my childhood. Thanks for the info.

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-05-13 7:12 pm   Permalink

Here is a match box from Tommy Wong's Island in Denver. I am assuming this is the same as the Islands?



Tommy Wong was busy, had three other places as well.



DC



 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-05-21 5:03 pm   Permalink

Just got another matchbook from Tommy Wongs Island restaurants. Four restaurants, he was a busy man.








DC


 
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SandraDee
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Joined: Mar 11, 2011
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Posted: 2013-03-21 2:04 pm   Permalink

Just bought these S&Ps marked "Islands, Denver, CO"



And I bought then resold this to Koalacharms (thanks Frank!) and since the logo matches what you posted DC I am assuming same restaurant. and now I kind of regret selling it...ha!




 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-06-21 2:56 pm   Permalink

Found this old photo online featuring the dance group Polynesian Fiafia that was taken at Tommy Wongs Island in Denver.




DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-06-21 3:14 pm   Permalink

Love that Cosmo cover girl in the middle - pure American Polynesian!

 
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