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The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar ( *Image Heavy* ), San Francisco, CA (restaurant)
Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 6003
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-03-24 2:10 pm   Permalink

You found the mug at the "Tonga Room"?

"That's Amazing!"


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11136
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-03-24 2:53 pm   Permalink

It warms my heart to see this great place still alive and well in all its original glory. It must be noted that the Tonga Room is among the original Top 5 surviving Tiki Temples left in the U.S.

 
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JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2689
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2013-03-24 3:08 pm   Permalink

So given that the Mai Kai, Bali Hai, and (I'm assuming) the Hale Kahiki are the other 3, what's the 5th ??

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-03-24 3:44 pm   Permalink

Don's!

 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2571
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2013-03-24 3:52 pm   Permalink

Trader Vic's Atlanta?

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4272
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-03-24 4:09 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-03-24 15:52, Bora Boris wrote:
Trader Vic's Atlanta?



You must have meant to say Trader Vic's Emeryville!



A no doubt top 5.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11136
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-03-24 4:36 pm   Permalink

OK, so maybe six. But Emeryville is not unchanged...it was first de-tikified in the 80s, and then re-tikified in the 2000s. And the Bali Hai was majorly modernized - both in a good way, though.

I was thinking TV Atlanta, indeed. Survived without any major renovations since the 70s.

[ This Message was edited by: bigbrotiki 2013-03-24 16:37 ]


 
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TropicDrinkBoy
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Joined: Feb 27, 2011
Posts: 273
Posted: 2013-05-04 4:16 pm   Permalink

Just for reference, here is what the Tonga Room looked like in 1945:



In 1953 it was remodeled Hawaiian/Tropical style:



The 1967 remodel brought us the Polynesian palace we have today:



Here is the floor plan from the 1967 remodel:



There is a detailed history here:

http://sanfrancisco.grubstreet.com/20090915_tongaupdate.jpg.pdf

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tikilongbeach
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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
Posts: 1309
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-05-28 09:45 am   Permalink

A postcard of the Tonga Room dated July 12th, 1947. It's for sale on etsy and it's not my listing.

www.etsy.com/listing/125434062/1947-famous-tonga-room-at-the-fairmont?ref=sr_gallery_36&ga_search_query=tonga&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all










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