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The Tropic Isle Restaurant and Cabaret Ltd., Surrey, B.C., CANADA
TabooDan
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From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2007-06-20 11:05 pm   Permalink

Name:The Tropic Isle Restaurant and Cabaret Ltd.
Type:Restaurant
Street:13639 104th Avenue,
City:Surrey, B.C.
State:
Zip:
country:CANADA
Phone:588-4421
Status:defunct

Description:
Okay, here's a 'new' long since closed one for you.
I am quite surprised that this establishment has not been discussed on here before. I know that some of our Canadian Tiki/Polynesian Restaurants don't compare to some of the great ones in the US, but this one is for sure worth a mention.

The Tropic Isle Restaurant and Cabaret Ltd. was established in 1969 and had it's grand opening in June or July of 1970. It had three partners that owned the business and they also owned another restaurant with two locations in the Lower Mainland. The Tropic Isle was known for it's "Delectable Chinese & Western Foods". It had "Smorgasbord Everyday" and could cater to "Banquets, Catering, Weddings, Office Parties". It was also Open 7 Days A Week and had Live Orchestra Friday and Saturday nights.

The Tropic Isle had a long life and closed it's doors in 1988. During their years in business, they were quite successful and were very well taken by the local community. The Tropic Isle was the first restaurant to have a Smorgasbord here and made for quite a unique dining experience.
One of the managers, Ken, was a very nice man who did alot for the community. Ken belonged to a few local committees and sponsored several different charities throughout the community. They had a wishing well in the front foyer where the Tropic Isle would empty it out and donate all the money to different charities or for specific fund-raising events. At one such charity event for the local Children’s Treatment Center in 1976, The Tropic Isle collected $681.20 from it’s wishing pond alone!! That's alot of coin tossing!!

Lot's of different events happened at the Tropic Isle for all sorts of causes to raise money. The good thing for the Tropic Isle was it's large size which catered to large parties and different types of clientele. Inside the Tropic Isle there were two large rooms. The Tiki Lounge, as it was known, seated 150 people and had it's own stage and dance floor area. They had bands playing in this room every Friday and Saturday night. The other room, where the smorgasbord was, was called the "Ming Room" because of it's oriental decor. It had a large seating capacity of 250 and was decorated in true oriental style and was known for it's great choices in the new smorgasbord. The decor in this room was straight forward with oriental design features and decorations that were influenced by travels abroad.



This is a picture from an old newspaper ad about the restaurant (circa 1970) showing the exterior of the restaurant. It's got great style to it and was very well done. You can see that it has very little windows. This building was specifically built to be The Tropic Isle and the construction was overseen by the owners.



This is a picture of the building today (2007). It is still here but there have been a few changes over the years. The roof architecture pieces are no longer there, there are now windows all down the side and front of the restaurant, and the hand carved doors are long gone. The building itself has also been extended on the parking lot side and the main entrance has been changed and moved. There are no traces of the Tiki Lounge or the Ming Room left inside at all.

After The Tropic Isle closed down, it became a Chinese restaurant called "Yic's". This restaurant operated for about 10 years until it closed down in about 1999. The building lay empty for about 4 years and in approx. 2003 was leased to a Korean Restaurant and office.

I have been in contact with the family of one of the owners so I will be finding out some more information for you interested parties. Keep checking back for further updates!

Mahalo, TabooDan

UPDATE - I have added some information to this post and have touched up a few areas where information was changed or needed to be corrected. More information and photos will be added to my future posts as I go through my information.




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TabooDan
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From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2007-06-22 11:16 pm   Permalink

Okay, here's an old ad from 1972 that features a picture of the cool sign that they had in front of the restaurant. It was in the shape of two palm trees and was all lit up. I do have a color photo of the sign that I will try to get on here. I also have a picture of the sign today as half of the sign is still there.



The following ad is from 1979. It shows their logo Tiki instead of the sign and is a split ad with the Rickshaw restaurant in a different area. The Rickshaw had two locations and was also part owned by a couple of the Tropic Isle owners. Saving on adrvetising costs I guess.



This next picture is an ad from 1981. This ad seems to be the one they used after 1981 where they didn't share ad's with another restaurant called the Rickshaw. It has their logo Tiki on it.



This Tiki appeared on all of their signs, ad's, menus, etc. right from the beginning. This Tiki was also the one front and center on their dance stage in the Tiki Lounge. It looks like the pole was about 7'-8' tall and was carved quite well. I am still trying to find out more about this one. Of interest, there were about 5-6 masks that ran down the wall on the left side of the Tiki Lounge and they looked to be the same style of face as this pole. These were probably from the same carver/manufacturer.

More info. to follow.
See yah, TabooDan





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TabooDan
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Posted: 2007-08-14 8:22 pm   Permalink

Okay, here's a awesome picture of the outside sign from what it looked like in about 1970 until the Tropic Isle closed down.



This is a rare color picture from the estate of the owner of the Tropic Isle that I have been able to obtain. The majority of the pictures of the sign are all in black and white along with the advertisement's that feature the sign.

This cool photo shows the sign as it appeared back when the restaurant first opened. It features the sign board that was updated for specials, events and for different times of the year. It has two metal poles that hold the sign up which are the color and shape/style of the trunks of palm trees.
At the top of the sign are the leaves of the palm trees which lite up in bright colors. Just below the leaves was a large sign with the restaurants name on it which also has a beach and volcano scene in the background. Below that was a flashing neon sign that flashed between "Smorgasboard" and "Restaurant". Quite the sign!! They don't make them like that anymore!



The above picture is of what the sign looks like today (2007). You can see the "tree" trunks metal legs and the sign board still there but the top has been removed including the flashing neon restaurant/smorgasboard sign, Tropic Isle name and palm leaves. The lower section has been painted red and now has a small neon light running around the sign. You can sure ft a feel for how large the Tropic Isle sign actually was. It must have been more than 25' tall!!
The Tropic Isle is now a Korean Restaurant.



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TabooDan
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Posted: 2007-08-14 10:46 pm   Permalink

The following picture is of a coconut mug specifically made for the Tropic Isle. On the front of the mug is "Tropic Isle Surrey BC" and has a image of a palm tree. It is unmarked on the base but the mugs for the Tropic Isle were made from molds made by a local ceramic artist and then given to a private ceramic studio where they were produced for the Restaurant. These mugs for the Tropic Isle were approximately produced around 1983 to about 1986.



This particular mug I had picked up in the wild before I got the mugs from the estate. It is a much thicker walled mug than the ones I got form the estate. Those coconut mugs do not have the rough texture and lines like this one and were also much more thinner walled. They are very fragile and I do not think too many of that type were even used let alone survived. I have yet to see one of the ones I purchased form the owners estate in the wild. I have seen this type in the wild only.


These mugs were actually made by the same artist's who did The Hawaiian Village (New Westminster, BC) mugs and a few other local Tiki Restaurants. The mold maker even did some of the coconut mugs for the Vancouver location of Trader Vic's. These coconut mugs say "Trader Vics Canada" on the bottom. The mold maker had been given an original Trader Vic mug which he then molded to produce more.

More information and pictures of some other Tropic Isle relics to follow!!
If anyone has any other information or pictures, please let me know.

Mahalo, TabooDan



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TabooDan
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Posted: 2007-08-28 11:22 pm   Permalink

Here's a bit of a long story so make sure you have a drink or something!
To back up a little regarding the Tropic Isle and how I found out about it, I gotta start from the beginning.
I began doing some investigative work into local Tiki Restaurants that were once here in BC so I could put the information on our website, (Currently under construction and not up to date)
http://www.tabootiki.com.

I knew that there was a restaurant in Surrey BC, called the Tropic Isle as I had been able to find a mug in a local thrift store of a Tiki (Orchids Green Jewel Eyed style)with the name on the back. This was about 7 years ago and never really had the time to research it more. This mug was the only mug I had found from this restaurant until about a year ago when I found a rare coconut mug with the same Tropic Isle on it. Now I gotta find out about this place! As the years passed, I got more and more interested in the local Tiki themed restaurants that were once here. Meeting and talking to people was really the only way to dig up evidence.

Fueled by all the great stories right here on TC of other members finding and having Tiki right in their own backyards, I began the search. Of course there was the Vancouver Trader Vic's and the famous Waldorf Hotel, but there were also tales of other fine establishments. Not having been the right age to be into Tiki in it's heyday, I missed the opportunity to visit alot of these places (I will be adding other restaurants I have learned about here on TC in later posts.).

I knew that somewhere in Surrey there was once a Hawaiian themed Restaurant called the Tropic Isle. I talked to our ceramic mold maker who had done the molds that I had discussed in my previous post because he has been around for so long. Sure enough, he remembers doing mugs for the Tropic Isle but didn't really remember exactly where it was (He is about 84 years old now). He did say that there was a Tiki Restaurant in Whalley, a suburb of Surrey, during the 1980's but he couldn't nail down the exact location.

I wasnt sure exactly where to start hunting as I hadn't specifically gone looking for a long closed establishment before. When I was a kid, I seemed to remember a tropical or beach themed type of restaurant/diner on the way out to White Rock which is a local beach community. I figured what better place to start my investigation so I went there to see what I could find. The building where I had remembered this place had just been recently knocked down to allow for new housing. Bummer, I thought. I figured I would ask a neighbor at an older looking property to see if they happened to remember anything. I knocked on the perfect person as they had lived in the area since the late 1940's! Unfortunately, there was nothing that she could remember in that specific area by her home.

She did however, send me not far down the road to the Highway to check on an old Supper Club that used to be there from the 1940's to the early 1980's. It had changed names and styles of restaurants over the years but the people that owned the land in the 1970's still owned it today and could possibly help me. I went and saw them and talked to the lady that owned the land and sure enough, this place was once a Tropical themed restaurant! She had actually worked in the restaurant but couldn't really remember accurate time lines or was sure about the name. There were palm trees in it and a tropical decor with drinks but that was about all she said. She believed the name of this place could have been 'Tropic Isle' or 'Pacific Isle' but wasn't sure. As I was talking to her, she said it also could have been called something else like 'The Islander' or 'Islanders'. So now I was getting a little confused if this was the right place or not.

What she did know was that the Supper Club did not last as a Tropical Restaurant for too long and operated during the 1970's. The original building burned down in about 1984 as a Steak and Schnitzel House which took over after the Tropical Restaurant closed. There is nothing left of the original building today and a new Applewood Kia dealership is on the land now. She said she did not have any photos or anything from the period that this Restaurant was tropical. The lady was getting busy so I figured it was time to move on although I was still unsure whether this was the right place or if it was once another tropical restaurant (turns out, it was a completly different restaurant called 'The Islanders' which I will post about at a later date).

I decided to go to the local library to see what I could find out. I started looking through old phone books and sure enough stumbled across an ad (See previous post for the ad's I found) for the Tropic Isle! It was very exciting to finally find something concrete about the restaurant. As I looked at the ad in the library, after reading the address, I knew that it had to be this same building that I had always wondered about and admired because of it's oriental style and peaked roof. Funny enough, I grew up about 15 blocks away from where the Tropic Isle once was.

After I started collecting Tiki/Hawaiian stuff about 9-10 years ago, I was interested and would look at the style and size of the building which had been an oriental restaurant. I always said that if I ever opened up a Tiki Restaurant, it would be at this location! It had great style to the outside of the building and little did I know that this was the actual location of The Tropic Isle!

I now had an address with a full ad with logo on it!! Now that I had this info, I figured I should be able to start tracking down information on the owners or find someone who knew more about it!! More to come.....Mahalo!!!










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Posted: 2007-08-30 7:33 pm   Permalink

Great posts. Reminds me of my research into the local tiki ghosts of Christmas' past.

 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2007-09-02 12:32 am   Permalink

Okay, here's a bit more to my story. Grab another drink!!
So after finding the ad's and finally getting the right address, I needed more!! I went to the local archives but was unable to find out anything about it in there files or in some of there books. However, I did at the last minute, do a quick business license check and sure enough there it was for year 1987 the name of the owner.

Perfect!! Now all I have to do is track down this person and see if they're still around. I figured they would be getting on in age since I found out that the restaurant opened in 1969. I did a name search and made a phone call. I took a gamble that it would be the same person because there home address was in Surrey where the restaurant was located. I had a potential list of about 6 people in this province and a few more spread out across the neighboring provinces.

Lucky for me on the first call I had the right number! A lady answered and she informed me I did have the right person as her father was one of the owners and managed the Tropic Isle Restaurant. I was ecstatic when I talked to her but tried to keep my cool and my mind straight. I told her that I was doing research on local Tiki/Polynesian themed Restaurants and I wanted to get information from them to put on our website and also to update other existing sites (Like here on TC) where people were actually interested in these things. Her name was Pat and as I spoke to her she informed me that she even used to work there as a hostess. Pat's brother, who lives out of province, had also worked in the Restaurant as a dishwasher and later a delivery driver. This was great!! My first phone call and I found the whole family that ran the Restaurant!!

When I told Pat that I would love to speak to her father about the Restaurant and that I would like to meet with them, she said that she would take my information and get back to me as her father was sick at this time and was quite tired and unable to talk right now. She said I should call back or they would get back to me. Well, this was at a time where I was quite busy with our business and recently buying a new house and moving so the days passed by. Knowing I had made the connection, I figured I would be able to meet with them soon enough.

Well, this was in the beginning of March of this year(07). Time went by and on about April 10th or so I received a phone call from Pat. I was very happy to hear from her but she informed me that her father had passed away on April 1st.

It was quite sad for me as I was looking forward to speaking and meeting with him as he sounded like a very nice man and was always willing to help others. I also felt sad for what Pat was dealing with and for the loss of her father. I told Pat that I was very sorry for her loss and I would understand if she did not want to talk about or discuss anything to do with the Restaurant. Her father had just passed away and I did feel a bit uncomfortable. Pat said that it would not be a problem discussing anything to do with the Restaurant and that is what her father would have wanted. He was proud of the restaurant and was happy that someone wanted to find out about it.

The main reason for Pat's phone call to me was that they were cleaning out their Dad's home and there was some things from the Restaurant that I may be interested in. What.....me......interested in Tiki.......AAAAALLLLLOOOOOHHHHHAAAAAA!!!!! I said that I would love to meet with them and pick their brains about the Restaurant and check out the items. I did not know what they had or what it consisted of at all. About a week later I met with them at their fathers home in Surrey. It was a home that he built in the 1970's and where he lived since. It was actually a five minute walk from the Tropic Isle Restaurant.

When I got to the house they walked me into the backyard where they had the picnic table with a few things on it. I could see a few mugs and things and was invited to check it out. Well, I had no clue to the amount of items that they had. It wasn't like it was tons of stuff but the father kept an instant archive of items and information! They had about 6 different mugs on the table where 4 of them were specifically marked and from the Tropic Isle (2 of them I had never seen before), one was a unmarked copy of a Orchids of Hawaii R91 and the other was a R91 Orchid mug. When I saw the Tropic Isle mugs, I knew that these were from the local mold maker that we deal with and that these were the mugs that he had done.

On the table was also a very rare (I've never seen it before) table top candle lamp which was in the shape of a stylized Moai figure and had a white glass shade. This piece was exciting to see as I had never seen it before or have ever seen this style of lamp anywhere. It seems to be specifically made for the Tropic Isle but it was not marked with the Restaurant's name. There was also a postcard of the Restaurant which perfectly shows the Tropic Isle in all it's splendor! I was totally excited to see this as now I finally got to see what it originally looked like outside and inside! Pat also had (along with the mugs) the original architecture sketch of what the Restaurant looked like before it was built, bar tool set, papers with Tropic Isle letterheads, oriental designed ceiling tiles which seemed to be from the Ming Room, candle sticks, original box with glass shades for lamps, original box with full Hawaiian Coconut Snow spray for drinks and a few other bits and pieces. One of the main things that she had was her Dad's old scrapbook from the Restaurant along with a photo album. The scrapbook was full of article's and ad's from mostly the early years of the Restaurant.

Below is a picture of when I was looking in the garage. You can see boxes on the floor which had the mugs and other items. I had to take a picture just to capture them in their space where they had been sitting for all these years! You can imagine my excitement!!



After discussing with Pat and her brother what they wanted to do with the items, we came up with an agreement and I was able to save these items from certain separation and possibly even destruction of alot of it. They were getting rid of alot of stuff to buyers who just come in and took everything and I didn't want someone who didn't appreciate the history with what they had and to just get rid of it.

Below is another picture of some of the items once I had placed them in my garage.



I will post more photos of the items shortly. Hope everyone is not bored of this story! If, at least, there will be some kind of documentation of these mugs and other items where you can at least know where they came from if you happen to have any of these.
]I guess it also gives you something to hunt for as this was definitely a place worthy to be known as a Tiki Temple! It is hard to get the story out there and make sure this is a half interesting read!! I guess if you don't like reading you can just look at the pictures. Hope you like it and sorry if this is too long. Mahalo!! TabooDan



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Posted: 2007-09-02 1:46 pm   Permalink

Way to go, Dan, urban archeology at its finest! More pics please, like of the interiors and from the scrap book!

 
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Posted: 2007-09-02 2:07 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-09-02 00:32, TabooDan wrote:
Hope everyone is not bored of this story!


Impossible!

Great work Taboo Dan!


 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2007-09-03 6:42 pm   Permalink

Glad you are enjoying the research project!!
Here is a picture of a few of the mugs from The Tropic Isle. If you have any of these marked like this and didn't know where they were from, now you know.





The above mug was used to serve "The Famous Island Drink Mai Tai" as it states on their drink menu. This mug has the one Ku Tiki face on the front and "Tropic Isle Surrey BC" on the reverse. Had quite a crazy glaze on it and no two are the same! This mug I have seen in the wild before but is seldom scene.



This hard to find, cool little bucket mug is smaller than the last one and is an awesome green color. It is also marked Tropic Isle on the reverse. I have never seen this one around and it is not directly noted on their drink menu.

Here's the reverse:



The next picture is of the two bucket mugs beside each other so you can see the difference.



Not too much but just enough to make it a completely different mug. The red colored one is pretty much the same size as the OMC 3-Face Bucket Mugs. The OMC is what it would have been molded from by the local ceramic artist as he used existing Orchids of Hawaii mugs as well to produce these mugs for the Restaurant. No two of these mugs are the same as the glazing process is very unique to each one. Some have darker colors, more colors, and runs in the glaze which makes these very cool and different mugs.

Here's kind of an interesting point that I was thinking about as I write this. The Hawaiian Village (Tiki Road Trip P.230) was once located in New Westminster which was about 15 minutes from where The Tropic Isle was located in Surrey. They both were serving drinks in Tiki mugs at about the same time period. I think the Hawaiian Village had them a bit earlier (they did have there custom mugs first designed by Erneli) but they both had a local ceramic artist make their mugs.

The Hawaiian Village used Orchids of Hawaii mugs to serve their drinks. Later on they had these molded and then had their own name and phone number put on them. The Tropic Isle had this done as well but yet I have only ever seen ONE of them that actually was the same style mug. The red bucket mug above I have seen in a brown/yellow color with "HV" initials on the reverse and the Ku face on the front but that is the only one. This mug by itself is very hard to find (one sold on EBay at the end of last year).
All the other copies have been different.
Actually, I wonder if the artist was told to keep them different so the Restaurants did not have the same mugs?

Okay, this next photo is of a Tiki mug that was offered at The Tropic Isle and according to their menu, served the "Head Hunter".





This one can be found in a yellow, green, and also a dark brown/green mix color. This mug does surface once in a while but is still quite hard to find, especially in the darker colors. It has "Tropic Isle Surrey BC" on the reverse.

This next mug is different to the first coconut mug I posted (previous post) as the detail of the coconut itself just isn't there but still holds up to be a cool mug.



It is finished in a brown color with the "Tropic Isle Surrey BC" and a palm tree beside that in white paint with green leaves.

Here's a scary shot of them and how they were resting in their box all these years:



This one is very thin walled and therefore is very fragile. I have never seen this style in the wild. I have only seen the thicker, more real looking coconuts as stated above. I don't think too many of these (besides the ones I managed to get) survived at all! Not too many of these may have even been used at the restaurant as they are quite fragile.

More to come soon so keep checking back!!
Mahalo, TabooDan


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Posted: 2007-09-03 9:26 pm   Permalink

Love those crazy glazes. Great thread, Dan - keep it coming.

 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2007-10-07 7:56 pm   Permalink

Here's a much awaited picture of the interior of this Tiki Restaurant:



The above picture is of the Tiki Lounge. A few things to point out would be the Thatch Hut-Like Roof on the left hand side along with about 5 Tiki Masks running almost the whole length of the room. At the very end is a large wall to wall tropical hand painted mural. It features a tropical setting of the ocean, a beach along with palm trees and volcano's.

In front of this mural, and at the center of the back of the room, is a large tall Tiki Pole which was used as the restaurants logo and appeared in advertisements and flyer's. I have not been able to find out any info. about the carvings that were once at the Tropic Isle but I am still hunting them down!

Just in front of the Tiki Pole is the dance floor and off to the back left is a small stage (this picture shows tables right along the back wall which were soon removed after opening to make way for the dancing and entertainment.) where the band played on Fridays and Saturday nights. The bar is at the front on the right and is just visible in this photo. You can see some fish netting along with a lighted up glass float. I believe there were three or four glass floats above the bar. The roof of the bar has oriental styled beams coming from it.

All of the chairs are dark rattan and the tables all have a brass nautical style candle lamps on them along with the drink menus. The candle lamps that I managed to pick up are not in any photos that I have been able to find so far. These photos are from a photographer that the owners hired to document their restaurant and to use for the press. These photos come right from the family of one of the owners.

Also, attention should be paid to the very cool style of the ceiling in this room. It is of very similar construction and style to the Waldorf Hotel (In Tiki Road Trip) which housed the Tahitian Lounge in Vancouver. The ceiling was lit up like the Waldorf and was also painted to resemble a nite sky as well.
It is quite obvious that there was some detail paid to the Waldorf's style and construction in the making of this room. They are quite similar and the color photos will also make this more visible. Possibly, the same contractors were used but this restuarant was made about 15 years after the Waldorf's Tahitian Lounge. The family stated that thier father, Ken, who managed the Restaurant, also oversaw the construction and finsihing details of the Tropic Isle. Maybe he liked what he saw at the Waldorf and wanted the same at his establishment.

More to come......


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Posted: 2007-10-07 8:05 pm   Permalink

A classy joint! Great urban archeology. We need a closer shot of the logo Tiki.

 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2007-10-07 11:41 pm   Permalink

Hey BigBro, glad you're checking this out!!
I am still working on the pictures, but this is the only close up that I have of the logo Tiki. It is half blocked by some music equipment but you can make out a few of the details and use the equipment as sort of a size comparison.
It is the only one I have been able to get so far where you can see some of the details of the Tiki carving. There are not too many pictures of this particular Tiki so this may be it for now.



The next image is a copy of the cover of the drink menu which is on the tables in the picture of the Lounge and features the logo Tiki. This is close to the same style of Tiki that is above and was front and center on the dance floor in front of the wall mural.
This Tiki image appeared on their adverts, menus, matchbooks, paper work and other items. Some of their ad's used the image of their large outdoor Tropic Isle sign as opposed to the logo Tiki.



This next image is of the Tiki Lounge again with a following picture of a close up of one of the Tiki Masks that were on the left side of the room. The masks are the same style of carving as the tall Tiki Pole and the Tiki Pole has the same face. All the masks on the wall seem to be the same Tiki Mask carving and have some hand painted white color which can also be seen on their large logo Tiki Pole. They were probably specifically carved for the Tropic Isle or bought over seas and returned here and used at the restaurant. It is hard to see but I personally haven't seen this style and type of Tiki elsewhere.





Would love to know if anyone has seen these carvings before or has any additional information!! I am still trying to find out what happened to these carvings after the Restaurant closed down. One of the owners that I have dealt with did not have any of the carvings or was I able to find out any information from the family as of yet. Only one of the three owners is still alive today so hopefully I will be able to find out something about these historic Tiki relics.

Mahalo, TabooDan



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Posted: 2007-10-08 8:02 pm   Permalink

Dan, can your scanner hone in on the Tiki column in the back of the restaurant in the wide shot, than lighten it up and scan it with like 600 dpi, so that we get a blow up of it that way? The box in the first photo has the Tiki not only half blocked, but pretty much obscures the whole damn statue

 
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