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Urban Archeology: The Polynesian - Salt Lake City, Utah
Tangaroa
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Posted: 2005-03-04 5:49 pm   Permalink



Got this on Ebay last month - anyone know anything this place? There is a "Touch of Polynesia" on 1110 West Wenco Drive, also "The Polynesian Experience" on 225 7th Avenue in Salt Lake City.....

More importantly - who WAS Bunny Chan?????
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2005-03-04 6:00 pm   Permalink

Great one, Tang!

Never heard of it, though. Salt Lake City must have been a little hotbed of Polynesian Pop. I've got a matchbook and letterhead from "The Hawaiian" and a matchbook from "The Beachboy". Both nice tiki establishments. I'll post pics soon.

Sabu

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boutiki
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Posted: 2005-03-04 8:33 pm   Permalink

I think there were a lot of Tiki temples in Salt Lake City and I once was told one of the reasons for that. Apparently, there was (still is?) a large Samoan community there. A friend of mine had a Samoan chieftain for a step-father. He said that when family came to visit– which was frequently– they would all go to Polynesian restaurants for dinner. When there were really big family function they would host the "luau" celebration. They would roast a pig, the whole nine yards. My friend said he and his brother had to learn the slap dance and the fire dance and would perform them at these family get-togethers. Kinda' funny for a little white guy originally from New England.

Tangaroa, is it Bunny Chan, or Benny Chan?

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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2005-03-04 10:13 pm   Permalink

Crud! I could swear it is Bunny Chan - but looking at it now it looks like Benny! Of course I left it at work - so I'll have to wait until Monday to check it again....
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2005-03-05 12:29 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-03-04 18:00, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
Salt Lake City must have been a little hotbed of Polynesian Pop. I've got a matchbook and letterhead from "The Hawaiian"



Maybe Benny Chan was the cousin of Johnny Quong (!?) , who ran the Hawaiian. See the menu on page 157 of the BOT. As I recently pointed out, that menu designer must have also done the Pub Tiki menu:

The ornamental border is the same, and the "Asian" typeface, yellow on black background, looks alike. PLus the cool concept of turning the "Y" in "Yum Yum Room" into a Martini glass is mirrored in the use of Tikis as the letter "I" in "Pub Tiki".

Johnny expanded his "Quikee Chickee" Drive In restaurant at 2920 Highland drive into the Hawaiian. It seems to have had a nice A-frame entrance, and the octagonal Yum Yum Room on the 1st floor.
Johnny also owned the TIKI HUT, home of the Captain's Table, in downtown at 54 W 2nd Street in Salt Lake, . I have never seen anything from that place!

Chris, that is a damn fine placemat, wonder how the menu looked.


 
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puamana
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Posted: 2005-03-05 12:04 pm   Permalink

I have a menu from Johnny's Tiki Hut, that has a photo on the back of the A-frame of the Hawaiian. I'll take some pics and post photos later. I hadn't heard of the Polynesian, nice find !

 
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Kono
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Posted: 2005-03-05 5:18 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-03-04 18:00, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
Salt Lake City must have been a little hotbed of Polynesian Pop.



I wonder if it has anything to do with the Mormon Church's strong presence throughout Polynesia. Paul Theroux said that you can tell if an island's people are Polynesian (vs Melanesian or Micronesian) by the existence of local Mormon Churches. Plus, they do own and run the Polynesian Cultural Center.
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2005-03-05 6:11 pm   Permalink

Here's a matchbook showing two of Johnny Quong's establishments in Salt Lake City. On one side is "The Hawaiian"


And on the other side is "The Beachboy", also owned by Johnny Quong.


This is one of the nicer matchbooks in my collection, as the inside is like a mini drink-menu, showing some of the mugs used at these two restaurants:


Finally, here's the letterhead for Johnny Quong's "The Hawaiian". Clearly they're copying the lettering style from the Hawaiian Village in Hawaii and Tampa.


So far that makes 5 tiki establishments we know of in Salt Lake City:

Benny Chan's "Touch of Polynesia" at 1110 West Wenco Drive
Benny Chan's "The Polynesian Experience" at 225 7th Avenue
Johnny Quong's "The Hawaiian" at 2920 Highland Drive
Johnny Quong's "The Tiki Hut" at 54 W 2nd Street
Johnny Quong's "The Beach Boy" at 9th South and Main

Can't wait to see Puamana's menu.

Sabu

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2005-03-05 11:43 pm   Permalink

Tres cool, folks!

 
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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2005-03-07 09:07 am   Permalink

Well heck - it is BENNY Chan.....
Oops!
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puamana
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Posted: 2005-03-07 12:24 pm   Permalink

Sabu, that matchcover with the drink pics is great ! I also hadn't seen anything from the Beach Boy before. Here's pics of the Johnny's Tiki Hut dinner menu :

Front:


Back:


Closer view of delivery cars for the Tiki Hut:


A-frame of the Hawaiian, with their delivery cars:


Inside back page of menu, with photo of architect's model for the Hawaiian :






 
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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2005-03-07 1:01 pm   Permalink

That menu is amazing!!!!! Thanks for sharing....

 
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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2005-03-07 1:05 pm   Permalink

Tiki Take Out!
I love it.


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2005-03-07 1:28 pm   Permalink

Oh My God!

Tiki Ford Mustangs and Tiki Ford Falcons. Johnny Quong is my new hero!

If only Sven had access to this photo when he was putting together the BOT. It really deserves a place within those hallowed pages.


Thanks so much for posting that menu, Puamana.
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2005-03-07 1:46 pm   Permalink

F#@& YEAH! That's gotta go into the Witco book! Mimi, I will send you the Home Delivery Menu I have, you deserve it for your collection. I wish the pic of the delivery trucks on p. 157 would have been bigger, too, you really have to use a magnifying glass to see the Tiki grilles.
The Ku on the cover is swiped from a 1956 United Airlines menu.

Wonder what the Tiki Hut building looked like..
My home delivery menu says:
...at The Captain's Table, the dining room built like a ship at Johnny's Tiki Hut.


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