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Chin Tiki, Detroit, MI (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4310
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-04-14 07:58 am   Permalink

I came across this old phone book ad for the Chin Tiki on a Detroit blog.




It has a nice graphics of a mystery bowl being served and shows the hostess with an old menu.



DC


 
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nature boy
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Joined: Apr 02, 2008
Posts: 69
From: Timonium, Maryland
Posted: 2011-04-14 08:27 am   Permalink

Why would someone place the phone number over the tiki's eyes!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11158
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-04-14 11:23 am   Permalink

DC, here the great photo that that rendering was taken from:



See it (a bit repaired) in Tiki Modern, page 272
You can play "What's missing in this picture"


 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2585
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2011-04-14 12:31 pm   Permalink

The Puffer Fish!

 
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aquarj
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Joined: Apr 02, 2002
Posts: 1080
From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2011-04-14 1:02 pm   Permalink

What's missing in that picture is ME!!!

I should be there. Right now.

C'mon, just this one time, someone lend me their time machine. The nice thing about borrowing a time machine is that it doesn't matter how late you are returning it.

-Randy


 
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GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 1770
From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2011-04-14 4:21 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-04-14 13:02, aquarj wrote:
The nice thing about borrowing a time machine is that it doesn't matter how late you are returning it.


Hah! I'm with you Randy. I want to go to there...

I like the cleaned up pic Sven, but shame it had to be so small. Bigger is better, so I'll take the damaged goods. (PS - You need an iPad version of the BOT with touchable images for their full size glory. Oh, and virtual tours of long lost Tiki temples. In 3D.)


 
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GatorRob
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2011-04-14 6:23 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-03-06 15:57, bigbrotiki wrote:



By the way, see that Chinese-looking mask on the wall? It's right here



Sorry for the awful cell phone pic. But it looks like your image is reversed? Otherwise, it's the same one. Although I would much rather have the panel carving to the left.


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4310
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-10-02 10:01 am   Permalink

Here is a great old photo from the Chin Tiki that sold on ebay a little while back.



Am I correct in assuming that the dapper gentleman is Marvin Chin?


DC


 
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Chub
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Joined: Jan 26, 2005
Posts: 264
From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2011-10-02 11:06 am   Permalink

You are correct sir.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-10-02 11:25 am   Permalink

Yup, a young Marvin, and he is sitting on the entrance bridge to the bar, which was still in its sleeping beauty slumber when I photographed the place in 2006:



...only the plastic plant jungle had become twisted in dusty disarray.


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4310
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-06-13 8:32 pm   Permalink

Three colors of the large swizzle/pics from the Chin Tiki.




DC


 
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tikilongbeach
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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
Posts: 1335
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-01-10 3:24 pm   Permalink

The website society6.com has some cool Chin Tiki pillows, hoodies, iPhone cases, stretched canvas, etc you can buy.
I like the faded brick wall mural that they used.





http://society6.com/fotogink/Chin-Tiki-Wall_Hoody#7=95&8=36




_________________
-Lori


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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4310
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-05-26 10:44 am   Permalink

Another menu type from the Chin Tiki.



And this cool banner sign is for sale on ebay.





DC


 
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inkylouise
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: May 18, 2002
Posts: 523
From: las vegas
Posted: 2013-05-31 08:45 am   Permalink

Hi there, Can anyone confirm that the building is still standing and has some of the exterior decor? we are headed to that area, and will swing by if there is something to see, otherwise we may just go to Livonia.

Thoughts?


 
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Bora Boris
Mr. Unreasonable

Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2585
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2013-05-31 08:53 am   Permalink

Sorry Inky,

It's gone but
Chin's in Livonia, MI is still there.



Quote:

On 2009-03-08 13:32, Chub wrote:
These pics just in from http://fadeddetroit.blogspot.com






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