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Tropical Bistro, Hilliard, OH (restaurant)
Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3513
From: HELL
Posted: 2008-03-15 09:52 am   Permalink

....any bar in a strip mall is eventually doomed...they rarely if ever succeed for more than a couple years....let's face it, it's just plain weird to be hanging in a tiki place that's in a strip mall....i, at least have never felt comfortable..I can't describe it....part of the reason i have never been back to tiki terrace since it's initial grand opening...i like the place and the folks who run it but it doesn't feel right...



..now...since the mini kahiki fire place is gone....who here can hook me up with the artist so i can commission a duplicate?


 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 2782
Posted: 2008-03-15 10:53 am   Permalink



[ This Message was edited by: tikiskip 2012-07-10 13:57 ]


 
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Hula Cat
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Joined: Jul 14, 2006
Posts: 171
From: Bellows Falls Vermont
Posted: 2008-03-17 04:54 am   Permalink

Damn!
This is really crappy news...like a piece off a broken heart..maybe they took the "good stuff" for another location? something has to be up... it's not like they didn't know how passionate we are about the Kahiki stuff
Hula Cat
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 2782
Posted: 2008-03-17 3:35 pm   Permalink

Greg is that you?
Give me a call. I tried to call you a while back.

[ This Message was edited by: tikiskip 2012-07-10 13:58 ]


 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 2782
Posted: 2008-04-25 6:34 pm   Permalink

So the Bistro auction is over.
It went on today at 10:00.
Went to Loews hardware at 9:00 it's next door.
I went in for one last look, very sad.
As I left the bistro I saw two geese fly over head
away from the Bistro.
It was kind of symbolic of my two friends Theang and soung
leaving our lives as well.

The stuff went for some high dollar as I hear. I did not go to the auction.
Dons Kahiki fireplace replica $600.00 Waay too much.
Mugs went for $300.00 in lots of ????
A Chisel Slinger tiki went for $ 600.00

I think those guys would have done better just having us guys give them tiki stuff and then reselling it!!

Ps a local got most of the good stuff before the auction.
Tables, lights, Kahiki.
Don't know who that was.
But I think they spent $8000.00 bucks.
Yeah, Tikis dyeing out.


[ This Message was edited by: tikiskip 2008-04-26 06:31 ]

[ This Message was edited by: tikiskip 2012-07-10 14:00 ]


 
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Kahtiki
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Joined: Aug 12, 2008
Posts: 12
From: Columbus, OH
Posted: 2008-08-12 12:42 pm   Permalink

After all these months, I'm still in mourning over the closing of the Tropical Bistro....and the more I learn about Tiki/mid century culture...the more sad I feel about losing the Kahiki. I was so lucky to have one of the best Tiki Meccas right here in my home city of Columbus OH.

Does anyone know if the employees of the Bistro went back to work at Kahiki Frozen Foods?

I hope that they can give it another try..if only Kahiki frozen foods would help operate another restaurant...I think the market is definately there with the reinterest in the tiki culture.





 
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Swanky
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5019
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2008-08-12 1:24 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-04-25 18:34, tikiskip wrote:
So the Bistro auction is over.
It went on today at 10:00.
Went to Loews hardware at 9:00 it's next door.
I went in for one last look, very sad.
As I left the bistro I saw two geese fly over head
away from the Bistro.
It was kind of symbolic of my two friends Theang and soung
leaving our lives as well.

The stuff went for some high dollar as I hear. I did not go to the auction.
Dons Kahiki fireplace replica $600.00 Good job Don!!!
Mugs went for $300.00 in lots of ????
A Chisel Slinger tiki went for $ 600.00

I think those guys would have done better just having us guys give them tiki stuff and then reselling it!!

Ps a local got most of the good stuff before the auction.
Tables, lights, Kahiki.
Don't know who that was.
But I think they spent $8000.00 bucks.
Yeah, Tikis dyeing out.


[ This Message was edited by: tikiskip 2008-04-26 06:31 ]



Tiki establishments are dying out, but home bars are booming!


 
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tikimyniki
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Joined: May 20, 2009
Posts: 54
From: Oakland, CA
Posted: 2009-06-07 12:03 am   Permalink

Tipsy won't say it but I will. He correctly forecasted the end of this place. He was spot on about what truly makes a tiki bar. Tiki bar design, in a way, can be equated to a game of poker...either you're all in or you ain't.

 
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LoungeShark
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Joined: Apr 10, 2009
Posts: 160
From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2009-06-07 7:08 pm   Permalink

I agree that the strip mall location was HORRIBLE. However, it was nice having something back that felt legit. Columbus needs a real Tiki bar.

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4252
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-12-26 9:39 pm   Permalink

Some artifacts from the Tropical Bistro came up for sale a while back.

The drink menu from old Kahiki stock.


Another menu.


A mug and creamer-type ceramic.






Too bad this one didn't hang on.

DC


 
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