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Luau Miami Beach
Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-09-03 5:28 pm   Permalink

Duke,

I recently got that matchbook as well and had the same questions about the architect Franklin Hughes. I too could not find out any information.

Here is the matchbook cover and inside with the nod to the designer.












Pa'akiki

Thanks again for your previous post. Any chance you could rescan that article on Trader Syd and post it again so we can read it?


 
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Pacifilantic
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From: Florida
Posted: 2008-09-05 08:16 am   Permalink

Apparently there was an article in the New Yorker (Dec. 25, 1943):

"Franklin Hughes, night club designer, designed the New Monte Carlo bar and also the Copa bar, at the Copacabana."

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1943/12/25/1943_12_25_047_TNY_CARDS_000196045

Unfortunately the article does not seem to be available online.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-07-18 09:16 am   Permalink

Here is a souvenir photo holder I saw on ebay with a nice rendering of the updated Luau restaurant.



I also found a postcard from The Little Hut restaurant located in Vero Beach that uses the same stone monument sign as the Luau. I am thinking they had to be done by the same architect.





DC


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2009-07-18 1:42 pm   Permalink

thr hut is now calvetti hair and body spa..the building is still there complete with rock wall and hut entrance....i googled the address...look at the street side view and take a walk west of whre google says the address is...you will see the wall in the distance....then you can stand in front of it.....i will try to post it....

 
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nibblegribitz
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Posted: 2010-06-05 9:44 pm   Permalink

Wow!!!
The Luau Restaurant was my first Polynesian job as a haole musician.
I was in jr. college at the time.
My father was the leader of the Polynesian Review the Yankee clipper in Ft. Lauderdale, so I already knew a lot of the tropical music.
Good times.
The owners name was Syd Mass. That's him in the last news clipping eating at the table. The waitress was a hungarian lady.


 
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nibblegribitz
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Posted: 2010-06-05 10:14 pm   Permalink

Wow!!!
The Luau Restaurant was my first Polynesian job as a haole musician.
I was in jr. college at the time.
My father was the leader of the Polynesian Review the Yankee clipper in Ft. Lauderdale, so I already knew a lot of the tropical music.
Good times.
The owners name was Syd Mass. That's him in the last news clipping eating at the table. The waitress was a hungarian lady.


 
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nibblegribitz
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Posted: 2010-06-10 7:54 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-07-07 06:57, pa'akiki wrote:
here are some menu's and an article on the Luau.




On 2010-06-10 Nibblegribitz wrote:
Owner Syd Mass being served by a convincing Hungarian(yes I said Hungarian) girl.





 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-11-07 10:52 am   Permalink

Saw this flier on ebay for an entertainment package offered at the Luau Restaurant in Miami Beach.





The night starts with dinner at the Luau restaurant,



Might even run into Trader Syd the owner while dinning.





Then, its off to some cool Miami Beach art deco hotels for party time.

First stop, the Sans Souci Hotel and the Java Room.





Then its over to the Americana and the Bal Masque room.






Cap off the night with some entertainment at the Carillon



Now that's livin'.

DC


 
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TikiTomD
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-06-03 2:20 pm   Permalink

While rummaging through the news archives to see what I could discover about the Aloha Restaurant in Coral Gables, I found a dining guide citation, describing a place I'd very much like to visit... well, where's the good Doctor and his Tardis...

The Miami News December 28, 1955



I then did a search on TC and came up with this most excellent thread, with its enticing graphics. So, back to the news archives where I discovered that Jerry Brooks started the Luau...

The Miami News April 28, 1957



This feature article on Franklyn Hughes, mentioned in earlier posts, confirms his role in designing and decorating the Luau...

The St Petersburg Evening Independent October 18, 1958







Here's an early ad...

The Miami News December 30, 1959



What the staff does in their spare time...

The Miami News April 7, 1957



Here's some of the clientele...

The Miami News December 16, 1956


The Miami News February 23, 1957



More to come, including the arrival of Trader Syd (Sydney Mass)...

-Tom

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TikiTomD
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-06-04 10:45 am   Permalink

In January of 1959, the gossip columnist of The Milwaukee Sentinel reported that “Jerry Brooks (of the Miami Beach Luau) had a heart attack.” The Miami News observed that he was mending at the Miami Heart Institute, and in July of 1959 this same newspaper’s gossip columnist stated that he was seen at a local Italian restaurant. By 1960 the Luau was in a “faltering” condition when Sydney Mass discovered it and took over the business. Before moving on to Sydney Mass, I’d like to point out that Jerry Brooks already had quite a history of starting and acquiring night clubs before the Luau, indicated by these articles from the 1940s...

The Billboard November 27, 1943


Note the above reference to the Beachcomber and Ruby Foo’s, both explored in this TC thread...

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=36222&forum=2&26

The Billboard November 27, 1948



Here’s a 1960 Luau ad...

The Miami News March 8, 1960



Following a second heart attack, Jerry Brooks sold his interest in the Luau to Sydney Mass...

The Miami News December 10, 1960





By 1962, Sydney Mass (aka Trader Syd or Trader Sid) is moving and shaking things up at the Luau...

The Miami News August 23, 1962



Got to keep a steady supply of “saronged maidens” at the Luau...

The Miami News June 23, 1963



Need a refreshing mint julep, Trader Sid’s just the guy to make you one...

The Miami News December 12, 1962




Here’s a nice feature article on Sidney Mass, his wife and his chef, complete with some Luau recipes...

The Miami News August 18, 1966





























Careful when you argue with the chef, as he’s also a martial arts expert...

The Miami News August 25, 1965



Syd would appreciate the return of his carved octopus...

The Miami News November 22, 1966



More Luau ads from the late 1960s...

The Miami News August 28, 1968


The St Petersburg Evening Independent October 4, 1969




A talented Tahitian beauty who entertained at the Luau...

The St Petersburg Evening Independent June 12, 1968




Note the "Hawaiian Eye" connection above.


Here’s the recipe for the Luau’s Tiki Tabu...

The Miami News December 26, 1968








After 1974, the archival news on the Luau thins out and goes dark...

In May of 2008, The Miami Herald reported that Betty Ann Mass, Trader Syd’s wife of 47 years (married him in 1961), passed away at the age of 76. Apparently, Syd was alive as of that time. Hope he’s still enjoying a mint julep or planter’s punch...

-Tom


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-06-06 5:57 pm   Permalink

Amazing research, Tom! Interesting how most of the articles are about the food - the art was just added frills, it seems. I had hoped to come upon some mention of Lewis VanDercar's statuary, which obviously was part of Trader Syd's expansion. Maybe even back then it's "questionable taste" made the writers concentrate on the taste of the food and drink

 
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TikiTomD
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-06-07 10:08 am   Permalink

Thanks, Sven. I could not find anything that discussed Lewis Van Dercar’s contributions to the Luau. The best biopic on the man was the 2007 Miami Memories blog by Dave that you previously posted (miamimemories.blogspot.com/2007/07/lewis-vandercar-miamis-andy-warhol.html).

Here are a few articles that shine some additional light on this eccentric artist, perhaps already quoted in part elsewhere on TC...

Florida Today September 28, 1968







Florida Today March 2, 1972



Florida Today September 30, 1973





Sarasota Herald-Tribune February 15, 1974



The Miami News August 7, 1974







As observed by TC’s fatuhiva and some others here, Van Dercar built a widely loved-and-loathed Space Coast icon, Annie the Dragon, which succumbed to the elements in July 2002. Here is a 1994 video of Annie, followed by related articles...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8X3qwL3EoQ


Florida Today June 23, 1971











Florida Today June 24, 1971









Florida Today December 1, 1978



While looking around one more time for Luau information, I came across another article about, you guessed it, food...

The Miami News March 21, 1968















-Tom


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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2011-06-07 10:21 am   Permalink


I like the fact that he sold bottled water.... if he only knew then, the millionaire he would have become had he kept at it.... way ahead of his time (and the money) on that......


 
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tiki1963
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2011-06-07 4:01 pm   Permalink

heh-heh....

"male witch".


 
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A Frame
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From: Mr. C's on the Coast Highway
Posted: 2011-12-30 4:17 pm   Permalink

From the article "Boy meets Girl-Summer Weekend in Miami" Modern Man Quarterly Summer 1957



If Jack was a TIKI Guy, just think how much more Ginny would have enjoyed him if he'd ordered the Rumaki instead


 
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