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Chin Tiki, Detroit, MI (restaurant)
thejab
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2009-03-10 3:00 pm   Permalink

A Detroit friend was looking in the rubble and found some Chin Tiki postcards!

 
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naugatiki
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Joined: Jan 02, 2004
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From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2009-03-10 3:20 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-03-10 15:00, thejab wrote:
A Detroit friend was looking in the rubble and found some Chin Tiki postcards!



Now that's what I call Urban Archaeology.


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2009-03-10 3:31 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-03-10 15:00, thejab wrote:
A Detroit friend was looking in the rubble and found some Chin Tiki postcards!




..i'll bet they were nice and soggy too!!


 
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TabooDan
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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
Posts: 641
From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2009-03-10 4:38 pm   Permalink

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It's kind of harsh to see it like that isn't it? The building itself actually looks like it wasn't too bad. Just in the wrong area. I have heard this area of Detroit has not been the same for many years.

I guess that being said, I wonder what the point was? If it was closed for so long, why did they destroy it? I wouldn't think anything in that area would be built especially on this bit of land. Does someone know if the land actually sold and if there is a plan? I guess it really doesn't matter, just curious.

I agree with Tipsy when he says focus on what can be saved. It's too bad for Chub who obviously wanted to do something about it and did try. It always sucks when another palace falls but let's save the ones we have! Keep supporting your local bars and when you go on a vacation or travel, make sure you visit the ones on your trip! Actually....who the hell am I preaching too?? You all know that don't you?!!!

They do that around here too with old buildings. Knock them down flat, say they are building something and then leave the property empty for years and then it grows over. Well, that's the way it goes.

Good thing there are so many photos, a few scenes in a movie and good old Tiki Central to help the memories survive!!!!
Long Live TC!!


 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2009-03-10 6:46 pm   Permalink

very sad,
snif snif.

Jeff(bigtikidude)



 
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Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2009-03-10 8:13 pm   Permalink



incidentally i heard that it's going to be a parking lot for the nearby stadium....it was bought by them a year or 2 ago......


(the following is sarcasm)

...because let's face it, there aren't many abandoned buildings in that area to tear down and use for parking......better to tear down the only building in the area that could have shown promise of a rebirth......


I say just turn all of downtown detroit into one big parking lot for the midwest.......we can leave our cars and commute to our jobs in the surrounding states.....


 
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Chub
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Joined: Jan 26, 2005
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2009-03-11 12:50 am   Permalink

Here's an article from the Detroit Free Press
http://freep.com/article/20090310/ENT08/303100002/Cass+Avenue+s+exotic+Chin+Tiki+is+no+more

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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-03-11 07:03 am   Permalink

I really like this shot:




 
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hulagirl1
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Joined: May 03, 2003
Posts: 32
From: hulagirl
Posted: 2009-03-11 07:05 am   Permalink

Went to Chin Tiki in Detroit on Saturday morning at 8am to take photos and rummage around. Found some lava rock and took some souvenir bricks. This is all that was left. Now it is gone as they started hauling the junk away on Sunday.





 
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Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2009-04-04 11:45 am   Permalink




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Michele
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Posted: 2009-04-16 08:59 am   Permalink

http://americajr.com/pictures/detroit/chintikidemolished0313.html

RIP Chin Tiki...


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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4318
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-08-25 5:32 pm   Permalink

I get bummed every time I see those demo pics.

Here is a nice old ashtray from Chin Tiki.






DC


 
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2009-08-25 11:56 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-03-10 15:00, thejab wrote:
A Detroit friend was looking in the rubble and found some Chin Tiki postcards!






 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-08-26 10:10 pm   Permalink

Here's a little pick from the Chin Tiki.







DC


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-08-04 09:15 am   Permalink

I scored a nice coaster from the Chin Tiki that advertises all the different rooms they had in the restaurant.



Funny spelling of Mona Lua!

DC


 
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