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Pago Pago,, Milford, MA (restaurant)
Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2011-05-23 2:47 pm   Permalink

CRAP!!!!!! I'm gonna have to hit it at least once this week! I practically lived there in the 80's. We'd meet at my buddy's house for band practice, go to the Pago & way too often end up at the K2U in Woonsocket. I'll have to make sure I thank him for all the good times, although I'm sure he won't remember me.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11169
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-05-23 4:39 pm   Permalink

Sigh. Now even the Chinese joints are starting to disappear...

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On 2011-05-23 13:38, pappythesailor wrote:






MILFORD

After 39 years of Chinese food, specialty cocktails and loyal patronage, a Milford landmark will close its doors this weekend.

Pago Pago, the town's oldest restaurant, will serve its last customers on Saturday.

Owner Paul Soo Hoo said it's time to say goodbye.

"I'm crying on the outside but I'm smiling on the inside," said Soo Hoo, 68. "I've enjoyed being here the last 40 years - I've met a lot of nice people and I'm going to miss them all, but it's time."

Alongside brother Chester and businesses partner Florence Lee, Soo Hoo opened the eatery at 396 East Main St. on Oct. 10, 1972.

He said Pago Pago was the only establishment on the block. The building was there when he bought the property, and he added onto it. He named the restaurant after Pago Pago, an island in the South Pacific.

"When we first came here, it was a barren area. It's unbelievable. If I had known, I would've bought everything," he said with a laugh.

Since then he's hired hundreds of people, many of whom worked there over 20 years, and he has hosted customers from all over.

But when Lee died a couple of years ago and his brother retired shortly after that, Soo Hoo started thinking about selling.

"The building's old. It needs serious renovations, and I'm too old," he said yesterday. "... I've been dwelling on it the last two years, and the economy helped."

Soo Hoo made the business announcement last weekend - news which is still hard to swallow for some long-time patrons.

"I can't believe it, we used to come here in high school," said Carl Stewart of Marlborough, who was picking up takeout yesterday afternoon. "I've been coming down here since 1979, and I drive down from Marlborough to eat here. It's worth the half-hour drive."

Lloyd Lapan of Milford, who has frequented the establishment for more than 20 years, said Pago Pago has always treated its customers with respect.

"The patrons will miss the quality of food Pago brought into the town of Milford," he said. "It's sad, but it's just another change in the times."

In the lounge, Soo Hoo handed Milford's Billy Wolley a menu for his daughter.

Wolley said his daughter, who lives in Chicago, often asks him to send her her favorite dishes.

"She always asks me to send her packages of Pago food," he said. "There are people all over the country who are gonna miss the Pago."

Soo Hoo's sister, May Ling Tong, has worked with her brother for about two years and said patrons are going to miss the food.

"Everybody says they're going to miss it. It's known as traditional Chinese-American food, and a lot of places don't make it like that anymore," she said.

Tong said the economy has hurt businesses, and it's time for her brother to take a breather.

Soo Hoo, who lives in Brighton and intends to spend his retirement playing golf, said a local business is interested in the property. He wasn't sure which business will take it over.

And while loyal customers aren't sure where they'll go next, they're certain of one thing: They'll miss everything about Pago Pago.

"I'm definitely going to miss this place," said Jean Digirolamo of Milford. "It's home away from home."





 
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pappythesailor
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Joined: Jul 07, 2005
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From: Mass.
Posted: 2011-05-24 04:44 am   Permalink

Sorry, Big K. It's closed.

I was able to get the Mai Tai recipe which I guess I should post in Tiki Food and Drink. So I will.


 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2011-05-24 05:03 am   Permalink

CLOSED LAST WEEKEND!!! CRAP!!!!

 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2011-05-24 3:10 pm   Permalink

Man, this whole thing happened so fast! I work about a mile from this place & at about 11:45 this morning, one of my employees says: "Hey, Rick. I just drove by the Pago Pago & they're having an auction!" Crap!!!!! I jumped in my truck & headed down there. The auction started at 11:00 so I missed the Tiki over the door & they only sold 2 of the Tiki lamps, again before I got there, for $130.00 each. The 2 amazing tortoise shells were taken home by Paul, the owner. He told me the story of driving to New York to buy them. He said they were made by Otagiri. I bought 9 of the high-back chairs seen on page 1 & 2 of the tables. On site, I sold 4 of the chairs to another regular customer for her home. I also bought 7 faux bamboo wall sconces, some of which I will sell. Paul said the sconces were original to the restaurant which opened in 1972. It really was a bitter-sweet day for me. I'd much rather still be able to "Hit the Pago" whenever I wanted, but at least I'll always have a little piece of the place. Unfortunately, pictures are gonna have to wait. Paul said he'd be there til 6:00, so I could pick up my stuff, but when I got there at 5:05, he was gone & the place was locked up. I have to go back tomorrow to pick up my stuff. I'll post pics either tomorrow night or Thursday. Pappy, I'm glad you got that recipe. I'm gonna ask Paul for the Zombie recipe, tomorrow.
Mahalo,
Rick


 
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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2011-05-24 3:27 pm   Permalink

What a bummer. The Caliente Tropics A Frame falls, and this...a a Bad week for tiki.

 
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Lukeulele
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Joined: Feb 04, 2006
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From: So Cal-holic
Posted: 2011-05-24 4:41 pm   Permalink

I knew I should of hit that place on my last visit back East a few weeks ago! Damn!!
I'll miss those honey-tainted Mai Tais......


 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2011-05-24 5:38 pm   Permalink

I'll practice making them so you can have one in August!

 
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The Granite Tiki
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Joined: Jul 02, 2005
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From: Nashua, NH
Posted: 2011-05-24 5:44 pm   Permalink

I sampled the saved Mai Tai recipe at pappythesailor's house Sunday, outstanding! Pago Pago lives on in our Mai Tai glasses and hearts.

 
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Diamond Dave
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Posted: 2011-05-25 06:05 am   Permalink

It's a damn shame the Pago Pago closed. The owner Paul has been very generous in giving away tiki memories of the Pago. He gave me the me tiki totem that hung above the front door. I've washed it and will hang it in my house.

 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2011-05-25 07:56 am   Permalink

If you ever want to let it go, please contact me.

 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2011-05-25 7:16 pm   Permalink

Picked up my stuff this afternoon, but it is not coming into my house without a good scrubbing! Pics to follow.

 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2011-08-14 08:54 am   Permalink

Sorry for the delay, guys, but here's the stuff I picked up at the auction.



RIP Pago Pago!



PS: 3 of the sconces will be for sale over in the Tiki Marketplace, shortly. I've got to generate some cash to replace this ancient computer!


 
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