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Pago Pago Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, Tucson, AZ (restaurant)
tikivixen
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Joined: Aug 28, 2002
Posts: 724
From: Vallejo CA
Posted: 2005-09-11 11:50 am   Permalink

Name:Pago Pago Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge
Type:restaurant
Street:2201 Oracle Road
City:Tucson
State:AZ
Zip:85705
country:USA
Phone:n/a
Status:defunct

Description:
This ashtray just sold on EBay for what is to me a rather insane amount of money...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6206251826&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

But on the other hand, Col. Batguano (a Strangelove fan! You rule!) may have a point. I've done several exhaustive TC searches and find no mention of this place. Please pardon me if I missed it--I tried alternative spellings galore, etc.

Here's the picture:



I know exactly where it is as I once stayed at a (Tiki, natch) motel several blocks up the street. When I look the address up, it's now a fabric and textile graphic design joint. So, no more Pago Pago. I also note that the street's evidently grown a lot, since there's now a North Oracle designation, but back when this ashtray was made it was just Oracle Street, period.

Anyone know anything else about this place? I like the pic on the ashtray. I'm sorry it wasn't still there when I was in Tucson, but hey, at least I got to visit the Kon-Tiki, which is marvelous, by the way--painted tikis and all .


Here's a link to

SATELLITE MAP


(edited to fix image...)

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tikivixen
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Posted: 2005-09-11 12:00 pm   Permalink

...and no, I can't find it in Critiki either! hmmm.

 
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the drunken hat
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From: Modesto, CA
Posted: 2005-09-11 6:22 pm   Permalink

i've seen some paper goods from pago pago before. it is rare and the menu went for quite a bit as well.

however i'm not sure but i think there is more than one pago pago. this one and one somewhere in california.
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2005-09-12 11:58 am   Permalink

Bob and Leroy know a lot about this place, they supplied a lot of stuff for it, and took some back when it closed. They were selling a bunch of their old beaten up lamps for a while...it went thru some name changes I think.
...hmm, what else...oh yeah, there are some nice "raised breasts" matches from it...that I remember!


 
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Kona Chris
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2006-09-05 02:50 am   Permalink

Looks like another Pago Pago menu was up on ebay, and ended recently, for the very decent price of $8.50. Unfortunately I missed it, and only found the auction tonight.

Pago Pago menu on ebay

And a re-host of the picture in the auction, plus the description:



"This auction is for an authentic vintage menu. This menu is from Pago Pago's Polynesian Dining Room. It was operated by Jack Holcombe and located at 2201 N. Oracle Road in Tucson, Arizona. Menu is a single sheet folded once to make four pages. Menu is not dated but appears to be from 1950's or early 1960's. It measures 8-1/2" x 11" as folded. Covers and interiors have stained area at upper left. Covers show very light soiling and light edge wear. Menu is overall in good used condition. "

Chris

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daveraz
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Posted: 2006-09-05 11:05 am   Permalink

I am the buyer of the Pago Pago Menu on Ebay. Great Vintage piece from a place that unfortunatly does operate any longer. The location is now Starbuck Design, a promotional products company. Oracle Road in Tucson has become a little seedy in places and has lots of cheap motels etc.... Anyway I love collecting this stuff. Mahalo!

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bifcozz
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Posted: 2006-09-20 4:09 pm   Permalink



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ukutiki
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Posted: 2014-05-24 6:40 pm   Permalink

Picked up this Pago-Pago menu recently. Lots of drinks and prices plus pics of the two owners. It is about 8 x 11 and double sided.



 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2014-05-24 7:24 pm   Permalink

Good cocktail name on the menu - "Between The Sheets." I'd guess that was considered a pretty racy name for that time, and for some, part of the fun of going to that establishment was ordering "naughty" drinks. I love it!
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2014-05-24 7:50 pm   Permalink

Great score on that menu! There a bunch more images for Tucson's Pago-Pago in Critiki: Link to the Pago-Pago entry in Critiki

Re: Between the Sheets, isn't that a funny & unexpected cocktail name for the era? It's actually a very good drink, I made a blog post about it a while back, it in turn has links to some friends who have their own informative blog posts about Between the Sheets: Link to Between the Sheets on the Trottomatic blog

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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2014-05-24 8:20 pm   Permalink

Love to see the prices too!!!

 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2014-05-24 9:03 pm   Permalink


Thanks, humuhumu, I didn't think of looking up "Between The Sheets." But now that you've brought it up, I'm gonna make it tomorrow. What better way to get ready for Memorial Day? I found the permanent link on the Trottomatic blog is:

http://trottomatic.com/2012/01/15/between-the-sheets/

Cheers and mahalo to you!


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-05-28 07:55 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-05-24 18:40, ukutiki wrote:
Picked up this Pago-Pago menu recently. Lots of drinks and prices plus pics of the two owners. It is about 8 x 11 and double sided.





Cool menu. Bob and Homer stole the menu layout from the famous three monkey drink menu used the Tropics in Beverly Hills.



Speaking of Bob and Homer, here is a postcard from my collection showing the rather frumpy looking hosts at the Pago Pago.








Bob and Homer were then replaced by "Phil"






DC


 
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ukutiki
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Posted: 2014-05-28 10:30 am   Permalink

Dusty...Thanks for the info. I admit Bob and Homer look frumpy but Phil looks just plain mean

 
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A Frame
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Posted: 2014-05-28 10:33 am   Permalink

Here's a good sized hanging lamp from Pago Pago which now resides at Oceanic Arts in Whittier. I would think that the lamp dates to late 50's, early 60's "TIKI", rather than the 40's "Pre-TIKI" look of both DC's postcard and Ukutiki's menu.



 
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