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Bob Lee's Islander in Boston
Dustycajun
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Posted: 2016-03-31 3:03 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-03-31 12:03, Or Got Rum? wrote:
With the advent of DC's great Jerry Williams photo inside the Kon Tiki...I stumbled across this...Jerry and family at Bob Lee's Islander in 1968...Jerry must have loved the Polynesian Pop!




Nice one OGR. I did a little more research on the subject. Jerry Williams read commercials on his radio show for Bob Lee's Islander. Here is a clip I found on-line:

"But I did visit Bob Lee's 'Islander' with my girlfriend at the time. It was as great an experience as Jerry had promised during his mouth-watering descriptions of the place for commercials. I wrote a letter describing our wonderful dining experience, but never heard a word from Jerry. Years later, I met a friend who said he had heard Jerry read my letter on the air as a fresh ad for Bob Lee's!

Another web post indicated that Jerry was such a regular that:

"On the drink menu at Bob Lee's islander, it listed the "Head Hunter" cocktail as "Jerry Williams' favorite drink".


I have not seen a menu with that reference, however, that does not mean that it does not exist.




And finally, cleaned up photo of the interior.



DC

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2017-01-13 09:37 am   Permalink

Spotted another Bob Lee Islander ad from the early opening era with a photo of Bob Lee, "Mr. Polynesia of the USA"!




DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2017-03-24 10:58 am   Permalink

Saw this great photo of the exterior of Bob Lee's Islander on ebay.









Oh the wacky world of the Islander.

DC


 
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TikiTeddie
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From: Montreal, Quebec
Posted: 2017-03-24 11:33 am   Permalink

This place had a lot going for it indeed...never seen anything like this before. Thanks for all the pictures and history. Wonder what it looks like inside today. I visit Boston quite often will have to take a walk to Chinatown and see...

 
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TikiTeddie
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Posted: 2017-03-25 10:31 am   Permalink

A bit more about the Bob Lee's Islander - evidently the restaurant was closed on 27-1-1977 for 60 alleged health violations. Lee sued over the closure.

Boston Globe 9-2-1977



The next year, Bob Lee was sentenced on tax evasion on the restaurant profits, seems he was having a bad few years.



 
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TikiTeddie
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Posted: 2017-03-25 10:33 am   Permalink

And on a happier note, Lee offered a free lunch at his restaurant in 1967

Boston Globe, 14-2-1967



 
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TikiTeddie
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Posted: 2017-03-25 3:38 pm   Permalink

A little excitment and tragedy at the Islander, though of interest is that the restaurant was still presenting floor shows as late as 1980.

Boston Globe November 5th, 1980

"A Bridgewater man was shot in the head last night as he was watching a floor show along with about 50 other persons in Bob Lee's Islander Restaurant in Chinatown. Dep Hem Chin, about 30, is in critical condition and on the danger list at Boston City Hospital today with a gunshot wound in the right side of the head, a hospital spokesman said.

Boston Police are searching for three men who entered the restaurant at 12 Tyler st. about 11:30 p.m. They walked up to one of two long tables in the lounge, and one of them shot Chin, according to police reports. About 50 people were in the cocktail lounge when the shooting occurred, according to Morris Ng, who was playing the restaurant's organ when he heard shots. "I didn't know what it was, so I kept right on playing," he said. Police called the incident "very unusual" for Chinatown."


 
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TikiTeddie
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Posted: 2017-03-25 4:11 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-01-13 09:37, Dustycajun wrote:
Spotted another Bob Lee Islander ad from the early opening era with a photo of Bob Lee, "Mr. Polynesia of the USA"!




DC



The same layout was used in print ads in the Boston Globe, this one dated April 4, 1965. What is interesting is that he states "New" in the ad but looking at earlier ads the name Islander was in use by 1961. Lantern Lounge was still used in 1959, and I found an classified seeking hostesses for the Aloha Lounge in 1960, so we can assume he transitioned to the Islander over that 2 year period. As he advertises the place as "New" in 1965, my guess would be that he did the remake of the interior to that funky tiki design around that time.




 
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