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KAHIKI Columbus, ohio tiki bar restaurant. Bill Sapp, the catalog
tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-06-25 06:53 am   Permalink

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On 2013-06-24 09:14, Swanky wrote:
You can see one of the old Hitiki ashtrays in one pic. I am guessing the asian gals in those bikini tops went away pretty early on.




Well kind of Swanky, yes you got one with the ashtray BUT... the ashtray was made by Bill Sapps
first wife. See it here.
The little round dots were made with a pencil eraser.



And early on the lots of the staff came from Cuba as they were refugees.

"I'm guessing one clue is the menu with the fireplace, which shows it before being repainted. Speaking of which, I never noticed that the entrance to the restaurant has the same shape as the mouth of the fireplace! (Better late than never.)"

No on this one too, they did not change the menu as far as I know.
And that shape is on the entrance to the bar as well.


"Also, the entrance fountain still has original paint job."
Yes this is one of them.
They would put a substance in the water of the fountain to make it glow.
See the newer style of paint job here.



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Posted: 2013-06-25 06:59 am   Permalink

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On 2013-06-20 12:16, Dustycajun wrote:
Here are some old tourist slides that capture the a mid-century couple's magical visit to the Kahiki (from ebay).






















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If you just got here this is the game...

"Ok, here is a fun game.
Name the ten things in these photos that show us this is
a set of very early photos.
I think there are eleven really."

We have found Five so far.
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-06-25 10:30 pm   Permalink

That coconut mug is very early?



Versus the more standard Kahiki mugs we have seen.





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Posted: 2013-06-25 10:46 pm   Permalink

While we are spelunking Kahiki photos, how about this one.

Web said this was a shot from the Kakiki, but I was never sure.



Then I went back and saw this addition on the thread which seems to confirm the genre.



Thoughts?

DC


 
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Posted: 2013-06-26 12:13 am   Permalink

Is that Ava Gardner?
and Mayan calenders?


 
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-06-26 07:20 am   Permalink

Dammit that fountain is gorgeous. Where's it at now?

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-06-27 08:24 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-06-25 22:46, Dustycajun wrote:
While we are spelunking Kahiki photos, how about this one.

Web said this was a shot from the Kakiki, but I was never sure.



Then I went back and saw this addition on the thread which seems to confirm the genre.



Thoughts?

DC



Not Kahiki,
Looks like German beer on the table, Plus it looks like there may be one of
those polka chicks in the background in a polka chick outfit.
And then there are the Mayan calendars.
BUT, Bill Sapp did say they went to Mexico to get some of the décor for the Kahiki.
The mug does look like an older one, but I thought Hoffman and Bill Sapp wife made the first
mugs.

The fountain is at the Kahiki eggroll factory in Columbus Ohio.

Ok here's one the front doors are the old style very heavy metal style doors.
These doors had more of a medieval times look to them, as did the fish tank side
of the Kahiki.
They were replaced by these Glass framed type doors, don't
know when really, But the metal ones must have been very heavy thus one
would think that that doors came off of their hinges and making a need for a change.
The new and old doors are in Vermont




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porco
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Posted: 2013-06-27 08:53 am   Permalink

i'm guessing there's something with the background that gives something away. the gulf station, glick's, the houses/apartments across the street, etc...

not familiar with the area, so can't attest to what was when, but that's my guess.


 
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A Frame
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Posted: 2013-06-27 3:15 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-06-27 08:24, tikiskip wrote:
Quote:





Not Kahiki,
Looks like German beer on the table, Plus it looks like there may be one of
those polka chicks in the background in a polka chick outfit.





Polka chicks? I love Polka chicks! And Lowenbrau beer too!


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-07-03 08:20 am   Permalink

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On 2013-06-27 08:53, porco wrote:
i'm guessing there's something with the background that gives something away. the gulf station, glick's, the houses/apartments across the street, etc...




Yes this is one of the ten things that make these old photos.
After the Gulf and Glick's a Kroger grocery store went in.


 
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The Below Decks
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Posted: 2013-07-03 11:01 am   Permalink

Here's a couple of my Kahiki items, displayed witha refreshing gimlet.







 
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-07-04 5:03 pm   Permalink

Note to self, go to eggroll factory.

 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-07-12 1:40 pm   Permalink

Who did this painting of the Kahiki?



I found it on this website.

http://restaurant-ingthroughhistory.com/tag/polynesian-restaurants/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-3




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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-07-12 2:43 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-06-25 22:46, Dustycajun wrote:
While we are spelunking Kahiki photos, how about this one.

Web said this was a shot from the Kakiki, but I was never sure.



Then I went back and saw this addition on the thread which seems to confirm the genre.



Thoughts?

DC



Coburn Morgan designed the Thunderbird Restaurant in Lima. It had an Aztec theme. I could be wrong. It does look like they are drinking Lowenbrau bier.

"Following completion of the Kahiki, Morgan designed the Aztec-themed Thunderbird Restaurant (Lima), a red-fronted prototype for the Bob Evans chain (Chillicothe)".

http://restaurant-ingthroughhistory.com/tag/polynesian-restaurants/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-3

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-07-15 04:43 am   Permalink

Nice photo The Below Decks.
Thanks for adding!

And Longbeach I don't know who did that painting I do know that
there is a box of Kahiki matches that it is on.

Also that could be Coburn Morgans work.

I think we are at nine or ten things now but here are some.
Look at the photo of the front of the Kahiki, there are no pine trees.
At the end the Kahiki had huge pine trees in the front.
Plus you can see a real palm tree in the front, Bill Sapp has said that in
the beginning they had live tropical plants at the Kahiki.
In fact he said that on opening night that a spider dropped down out of one
of the palm trees right in front of his mom!
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