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Frances Langford's Outrigger, Jensen Beach, FL (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-06-14 08:25 am   Permalink

I have collected several postcards from the Outrigger Restaurant and Marina.

This card has the best shot of the front of the restaurant building nestled in the palm trees.



Here are some views from the marina side of the building. Just pull the yacht right on up.





This oversized card gives a good perspective on the overall layout.


The matchbook.




Another page from the menu showing the celebs that frequented the place.



DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-06-14 8:22 pm   Permalink

Great postcards as always, DC. Yeah, the first one was the one that menu rendering reminded me off. It makes sense that it might have been the inspiration to it, since it was also called "Outrigger".

Clearly a Pre-Tiki place, it looks almost unspectacular (compared to 60s Tiki temples) in its simplicity, but so perfect in its setting, too. I has all that one needs: A grass shack... in a palm grove... by the Ocean!

I wonder if that is Frances' boat, can you read the name on it? I just won an item on e-bay from a seller in Florida who knew the place, his name is Don and he is on Tiki Central, he wrote me this:

"I was there in the 80'S a number of times, and saw her sing once, she was still fantastic. I worked on her yacht "Chanticleer" a couple of times in the 1990's doing electrical work, she was a gracious lady, and a real pleasure to have met. The restaurant was amazing, lots of cool tiki, and that great poly-pop styling."


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-06-19 9:27 pm   Permalink

Bigbro,

Cool story from Don about Jensen Beach.

Frances' yacht the Chanticleer was 110 feet long. The one in the postcard is about half that size. Here is a photo of her yacht which is still running in the area.


I also found this add for Don the Beachcombers in Chicago that also happened to have a listing for Frances singing at the Chez Paree - nice combo there. I'm sure she must have frequented DTB's while in town.


It would be great to see some photos of the inside of the Outrigger.

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Bahama Don
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Posted: 2009-06-20 04:56 am   Permalink

Hi all, I am the Don mentioned above. Thought you guys might be interested in this, which popped up on craigslist. I just noticed it this morning. It is the original bar from the Langford's Outrigger!

http://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/clt/1220827337.html

This deserves a good home, with a collector.

I am checking around to see if any of the other pieces of the restaurant are still in the area, as I live about 3 miles from the old Outrigger.


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-06-20 06:49 am   Permalink

Hiya Don, thanks for the tip, I will forward it to our Frances Langford scholar Geoff Sundstroem.

Man, that boat looks like a nice place to entertain! I guess when you are married to Mr. Evinrude, you can need to boat in style. What a life: Go on a fishing trip with some friends and then dock at your own Polynesian grass shack for dinner from the catch!

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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2009-06-20 12:30 pm   Permalink



MAN,you gotta love those old,classic BURGER yacht's.
and I am pretty sure the Chanticleer was 118' long

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Mo-Eye
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Posted: 2009-06-20 1:24 pm   Permalink

Here's a nice January 1964 full page ad




The small text in this ad reads "Aloha... After many trips through the South Pacific during the war years, I grew to love the exotic food and designs of the South Sea Islanders, and dreamed of the day I could have my own Polynesian restaurant. Some twenty years ago in Hollywood, I met Ed Lawrence who designed the original Don the Beachcombers restaurant and other Beachcomber restaurants throughout the world. Now Ed has created the 'Frances Langford Outrigger Restaurant.' My hope is that each of you will enjoy this bit of Polynesian Paradise here in my home state of Florida."

I guess from the size of this ad and the wording of this text, that this was an official announcement type of ad, and that it must have just opened?


Here's another January 1964 ad




And I also found a small article about the Prince of Tonga visiting



The article stated that the Prince "was most enthusiastic about the Evinrude's grounds and home and the Polynesian restaurant."

I didn't realize that this property started as just the private home of Langford, and originally consisted of 200 acres of citrus grove, home, a few rental cottages and small boat basin. Once they built the restaurant, they also had a private "Polynesian Hut" where cocktails were served before they went over to the restaurant.


And here is another November 1964 ad



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-06-20 2:58 pm   Permalink

Tiki David,

You were right (sort of). Turns out Frances had TWO Chanticleers. The first was a 118-foot Defoe that came with husband Envinrude. She got the second, a 108-foot Burger, in 1973. Both very nice!

Mo-Eye,

Great ads as usual. Can you find the missing Don the Beachcombers for me? I don't know how to use that time machine yet.

Internet research indicates that the Outrigger restaurant opened in 1961, so the 1964 ad would not have been a grand opening deal.

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Bahama Don
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Posted: 2009-06-20 3:59 pm   Permalink

Actually, one of the Evinrude children still owns Frances's house, near the old Outrigger. I have had contact with her (Sheri Evinrude), through a local maritime museum that I do some work for. If I ever get a chance, I will ask and see if there is still any Tiki in the family.

I think her yacht is still on the family as well. I do miss passing it on the waterway, as Frances always kept it at the restaurant, even after she sold the property. I always enjoyed seeing her sitting on the back deck, dressed to kill, with a tall cool cocktail in hand...... I think that is a fitting way to remember her!


 
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Mo-Eye
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Posted: 2009-06-20 6:11 pm   Permalink

Mahalo for the correction, DC. I'll let you know if I find any Don stuff.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-06-21 11:20 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-06-20 13:24, Mo-Eye wrote:
....Some twenty years ago in Hollywood, I met Ed Lawrence who designed the original Don the Beachcombers restaurant and other Beachcomber restaurants throughout the world. Now Ed has created the 'Frances Langford Outrigger Restaurant.'....



Wonder what Ed Lawrence's story really is...


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-07-21 4:46 pm   Permalink

I recently acquired a few more items from The Outrigger.

A nice postcard showing the entrance.



A matchbook that I have not seen before.





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Bahama Don
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Posted: 2009-07-22 5:37 pm   Permalink

In case anyone is interested, I noticed that there is a different photo of the Outrigger, showing the earlier Evinrude Yacht the 118ft Chanticleer, which Ralph owned when they were married. This photo is on the back of the record album "Frances Langford in Vietnam". I also noticed this record was produced by Outrigger Records, so I assume it was her personal record label? I would upload the photo, but my scanner croaked.

 
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Posted: 2009-07-23 5:46 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-06-20 04:56, Bahama Don wrote:
Hi all, I am the Don mentioned above. Thought you guys might be interested in this, which popped up on craigslist. I just noticed it this morning. It is the original bar from the Langford's Outrigger!

http://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/clt/1220827337.html

This deserves a good home, with a collector.

I am checking around to see if any of the other pieces of the restaurant are still in the area, as I live about 3 miles from the old Outrigger.

i have a pice of that bar top i sand blasted all of the wood in side of the bar when fred bought it he ownes couk e joes to


 
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Kailuageoff
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Posted: 2009-07-24 6:49 pm   Permalink





Anyone care to hear Frances singing hapa haole tunes on her old Decca 78s?






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