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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2005-12-01 08:37 am   Permalink

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On 2005-12-01 05:23, TikiGoon wrote:
So for December 10th we have: James, BK, Hala, Exotica, Lake and Me (Tiki Goon). I am bringing a friend, is anyone else going? It would be good to get a rough count so we can make reservations.



There are a lot of non-TC people coming too.

I am going to make a table reservation for dinner - but I imagine most of the people coming will just invade the bar area?

Rater than clogging up this thread, anyone who wants to have dinner at 7:00, PM me, and I'll make the appropriate sized reservation.


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2005-12-01 09:46 am   Permalink

i informed my bartender friend that you all will be arriving on the 10th...he's worked there for 15 years....he suggested you all take over the side of the bar where the taboo tiki nights were held and he'll take care of you....

 
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tikibars
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Posted: 2005-12-01 11:07 am   Permalink

We have to make sure Eugene is working too!

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2005-12-01 12:16 pm   Permalink

Oh, hell yea!


EUGENE!


 
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2005-12-01 1:13 pm   Permalink

Bad news...Christmas is just going to be too costly...unless someone wants to commission my next ten carvings!!) I won't be able to make it. I just wish the Hilton would listen to the people instead of the "me me me" egos of a few numbskull executives. Old Coke/New Coke. But I've worked in the hotel industry before, and the clueless isolation of the average executive or owner in that industry from reality is staggering. Constantly seeking a richer understanding of what is already understood. Which leaves timeless, always-in-style historic landmarks like Trader Vic's in the "flavor of the day" dust.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2005-12-01 2:29 pm   Permalink

I just don't get this. AFTER Trader Vic's is re-flourishing, opening in so many locations...I mean if THAT does not get the hotel's execs to see the light, what will. I was so confident that the continuous stream of Tiki Temple closings would come to an end these days, but to see the oldest existing original T.V. go makes my hopes vanish. They have a jewel there!

End of useless rant. I know, James described the situation, but...sigh!


 
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funks
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From: Chicago, IL
Posted: 2005-12-01 2:36 pm   Permalink

I still can't believe Trader Vic's is closing it's doors... what will they put there instead, a sports bar? That said, the service has been awful the last few times I've been there, and the music really unbearable (why don't they play exotica/tropical/lounge-y stuff to go with the decor?) BUT... think of all the memories people have of that place over the past 50 years... and soon Trader Vic's in the Loop will only be a memory too... wow...

... here's my own blog post upon hearing the news:
http://serenadeingreen.blogspot.com/2005/11/last-call-for-mai-tais.html#links


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thejab
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Posted: 2005-12-01 3:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-12-01 13:13, Basement Kahuna wrote: Which leaves timeless, always-in-style historic landmarks like Trader Vic's in the "flavor of the day" dust.



Well put. What is really ironic is that tiki seems to be the flavor of the day. That just shows how out of touch the Hilton management must be.

Sorry to hear you can't make it BK. I may have been able to go if it was open one month longer (I could afford it better in mid-January). Still, maybe it's better to remember our last visit during a happy occasion instead of a sad one.


 
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tikibars
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Posted: 2005-12-01 4:19 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-12-01 14:36, funks wrote:
what will they put there instead, a sports bar?



One of the bartenders told me the plan was to put a gym down there.

But that's just his own hearsay.

...at least it's not a Walgreen's!


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2005-12-01 5:08 pm   Permalink

..I heard they are going to make way for more shops and fine dining to boost the downtown scene...anyone who lives here knows that they roll up the sidewalks in loop about 8.p.m -there really is nothing going on downtown....it's the outlying neighborhoods where it all usually happens....they want downtown to offer more as a destination.......whatever.....no amount of cosmetics and shopping is going to change the lame ass scene down there.....no matter how big the city gets, it will always be just another small town....

.. tiki was on it's last breath till the whole tiki revival brought it back from flat-lining in the 80's....sure, it's infortunate to lose historic places like trader vics....chicago has lost so much already it hardly bears mentioning at this point....but what's been happening lately is nothing new...it's all on borrowed time. the best we can do is support the old hold-outs as well as the new upstarts and quit cryin' about it....life goes on. what makes tiki interesting and energetic is all the new energy pumped into it by all you folks.... remember, though nostalgia is great and we'll miss alot of places dearly, it's YOU folks that are the scene...not a pile of bamboo and bricks.....and it's because of this that tiki and all things related will find new and timely expressions on all of it's fronts for future generations.......


 
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funks
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Posted: 2005-12-02 4:41 pm   Permalink

some vaguely hopeful news from the TikiTalk blog:

http://tikitalk.astropad.com/archives/chicago-trader-vics-to-close-new-years-eve/

"UPDATE: Word is that the Palmer House location is closing, but the decor will be packed and stored until another Chicago location can be secured. They hope to reopen in 2007."


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randomcha
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2005-12-05 10:19 am   Permalink

Yup, this is terribly crummy. I'm only grateful that over the past few years I've saved away many a memory from TV (I had my last two birthday parties there).

However: a glimmer of good news!

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-vic03.html

Please, let it be true! It won't be the same as the original. But if it's done decently (and the Harry Carray's in Chicago is a well-run establishment) it could still be pretty cool.

Anyhow, Thursday night after work I'm heading over to TV for some fun. I have a lot of work to do if I'm going to sample every cocktail before closing time!


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2005-12-05 10:37 am   Permalink

That would be great, but for the urban archaeologist it won't match the feel of a 1957 original location.

But then again, during the renovation craze of the 80s, many of the fish trap and shell lamps (mentioned in the article) already got tossed out, along with other jetsam and flotsam that created the classic pre-Tiki Devolution clutter.

I am wondering how they can salvage the ceiling beams? They make for a great effect, because en masse they make the place look intricately carved, yet they are made from molds and actually all the same. I could not figure out if they are lacquered plaster or some plastic compound painted like wood.

In any case, they seem quite fragile and I wonder if whoever dismantles the place will make the effort to save them...?


 
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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2005-12-09 11:32 pm   Permalink

Somehow, the Chicago Reader got wind of tonight...

http://www.chicagoreader.com/listings/static/daily.html



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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2005-12-13 09:26 am   Permalink

A few pics from the gathering... sad, the drinks were the worst ever consumed at this Trader Vic's... you never knew what kind of glass you were going to get it in, whether or not you were going to get whole ice or crushed ice... the menus were a piece of paper with words mispelled...

We made the best of it, though... and toasted goodbye to a friend... with waters... it was the only thing that came to our tables consistently...

Eugene did his best to take care of us... when I aksed him what he was going to do after 30 years at Trader Vic's he said "My wife told me to take a vacation."







Goodbye old friend...



 
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