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Dobb's House Luau - Memphis, Memphis, TN (restaurant)
bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-05-09 12:02 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-05-09 10:42, Dustycajun wrote:
Swanky,

Check this out. Found some ads for the Dobb's Luau in Atlanta as I was looking for info on Trader Eng's.






What is really interesting is the restaurant changed names from the Luau to the "Tiki" in 1962. I don't think I ever heard of that switch before and I have never seen any paper from the Tiki.



This is an amazing rendering of the front of the re-branded Tiki restaurant.




DC



Well I'll be an uncle's monkey! Great stuff, Dustycajun. Or should we call you Smokeycajun now? (Probably not such a funny joke for those affected by the Santa Barbara fires)

SPECK-tac-ularr paper ephemera. On many levels. How can the Pre-Tiki/Tiki period theory be better proven then by a "LUAU" being re-named "TIKI"! And the cool type face. And the Witco dancer/Bongo player behind the queen's chair. And the T-Bird! I NEED that ad! I have a whole Ford double or 4 page planned for The Loook of Tiki!



And for the first time, though I had seen that lil' rendering of the building a long time ago, did I realize the similarity between the Atlanta Luau entrance hut shape, and the Miami Luau one! Coincidence? Connected?



(I added DC's complete post to the top so mine makes sense)



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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-05-09 12:09 pm   Permalink

I am still aglow by all this! Give me a time machine NOW!

 
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michmoore
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From: Memphis, TN
Posted: 2009-06-27 8:13 pm   Permalink

Check out a new article on the Dobb House in the local free paper. It is about what happened to the giant easter island head that was located at the entrance.memphis flyer article

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Swanky
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Posted: 2009-06-29 09:34 am   Permalink

Thanks for the link. Posting the pic here for posterity. I had heard about this statue for years. Good to see a picture finally.




 
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Tiki-Kate
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Posted: 2009-10-30 9:05 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-05-09 10:42, Dustycajun wrote:
What is really interesting is the restaurant changed names from the Luau to the "Tiki" in 1962. I don't think I ever heard of that switch before and I have never seen any paper from the Tiki.



Matchbook


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-10-30 9:35 pm   Permalink

Kate,

Nice one. I was looking at my matchbooks tonight and darned if mine doesn't say Tiki on it too! Is there one that says Luau?

DC


 
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Posted: 2009-10-30 9:41 pm   Permalink

Yes.


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donhonyc
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Posted: 2009-10-30 10:14 pm   Permalink

I wonder if Elvis ever considered going here. It was literally 15 minutes away from Graceland.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-10-30 11:42 pm   Permalink

Kate,

Nice to see them both. Right up there with your DTB Santa Barbara collection!

DC

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-01-14 12:54 pm   Permalink

Here is some NEW information on the Dobb's Luau chain.

We have seen that there was listing for a Louisville, Kentucky location on the menus. I have never seen anything from this location - until now. Saw this matchbook on ebay for the Luau Room and did not think much of it. After looking at that familiar double torch logo and Luau font it hit me, this was a Dobb's restaurant! It was a bar located at the Standiford Field airport. Dobb's had several airport bars and restaurants.



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Swanky
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Posted: 2010-01-15 09:27 am   Permalink

I saw that matchbook and assumed it was for the Luau Room, which is sort of still there and being parted out on Ebay from time to time. I can't imagine there were 2 Luau Rooms there. I see that it started at the airport and moved elsewhere.

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uncle trav
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Posted: 2010-01-16 05:59 am   Permalink

I think the matchbook is most likely from the Luau Room. If I remember right it was located very near the airport. In the thread about the Luau Room I posted a rocks glass from the restaurant with a design and font hijacked from the Dobb's menu. Not a very long stretch to think that they also used the twin torch design as well. The glass and menu comparison are on pages three ant four of the link below.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=3830&forum=1
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2010-01-18 3:38 pm   Permalink

Well this is getting real interesting. After rereading the thread and locking at all of the menus and postcards I count no less than ten locations for Dobbs House Polynesian Restaurants.

Charlotte NC
Dallas TX
Houston TX
Louisville KY
Lexington KY
Memphis TN
Atlanta GA
Miami FL
Orlando FL
Birmingham AL

All of the menus on the thread have different locations listed as do the postcards. Was this wishful thinking by the management or were there really ten Dobbs House Polynesian Restaurant locations? The scan is the back of my small menu from the Memphis Location and I think it dates from the early 60's judging from the prices.




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Swanky
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Posted: 2010-01-19 09:28 am   Permalink

Maybe they threw a big umbrella and those were Dobb's House other restaurant locations too. I can only say for sure abotu Louisville, Memphis Atlanta and Dallas.

I just got a postcard of the interior of the Atlanta location. I need to scan it and post it.


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2010-01-19 09:33 am   Permalink

Oh, and btw, there are a trio of Mint Julep Kentucky Derby glasses dated 1975 on Ebay with "Luau Room" on them. May tell us it was in operation at least at that date.




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