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Trader Dick's , Sparks, NV (restaurant)
VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5805
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2012-07-29 1:46 pm   Permalink

Finally made it to Trader Dicks for the first time earlier this year. Wonderfully dark tropical atmosphere to eat and drink in. That aquarium is indeed awesome when you think about the highway pillars inside of it. I would have never known while I was sitting there looking at it, but ran into Martin Cate who shared that bit of trivia with me...certainly makes the tank that much more mesmerizing.

Food was great. I had a few drinks including the Back Scratcher which was good. Had to order the flaming Volcano...looked cool, but much too sweet for me so i couldn't finish it. I did buy the bowl and a couple of other mugs, the girl did a nice job of wrapping them up for me...the service there was very good.

Definitely ready to stay at The Nugget again, just so I can spend the night at Trader Dicks.
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4427
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-07-04 12:03 pm   Permalink

Just got back from Reno. Good news is that Trader Dick's is still open. What a great spot to get out of the Reno heat. Happy hour from 4 - 6 with half off drinks and pupus. Mugs are $4.

They are only selling two mugs and no bowls.





Bad News. I talked to the manager who has been there since the bar was built. He said that the management is phasing out the mugs and bowls and that there is pressure to turn the bar/restaurant into something else -like a Mexican joint!

He advised that we should all send a message to the Casino to save Trader Dick's.

When I was talking to him, he mentioned that some guy had approached him years ago asking questions for a Tiki book he was writing. Sven?

If you have not been, get there soon before its gone.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11265
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-07-04 1:14 pm   Permalink

I was there last...must have been more than 20 years ago, don't think the guy was talking about me. Back then I was in search of "authentic" vintage Tiki Bars, and though I liked the big Guanko Tikis they still had, I didn't like the 70s/80s Vegas update parts with all the mirrors and brass and fake stained glass. But now.... SAVE TRADER DICK'S !!!

Back then I really loved Fresno for its old Vegas style signage, everything was on a smaller scale, but it was still THERE ! I was on a shoot and my grips and I liberated a Tiki from behind a closed-down Chinese restaurant - it is still on my porch today. I was not as zealous a researcher then so I have no idea what the name of that place was once.


 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2599
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2013-07-04 1:27 pm   Permalink

They have a Facebook page with only 16 likes at the moment -

www.facebook.com/TraderDicks?fref=ts

Maybe we can get that number up?

Way up!


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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4427
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-07-04 2:43 pm   Permalink

Thanks Boris! I hit the like and sent a message. This is what the manager asked me to do.

Funny thing, as I was sitting at the bar, a family came up and talked about the Tiki mugs they had got 15 years before. They noticed the current selection was different than before, and they ordered two drinks to bring the mugs home.

SAVE TRADER DICKS

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11265
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-07-05 11:37 am   Permalink

Wow, what a vote of support - THREE more likes! TC must be dead...c'mon people, you can do better!

 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8962
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2013-07-05 11:00 pm   Permalink

Sven,

You said it best, a few years ago.
Facebook, and social networking sites,
Will be the death of Tiki Central, and other online discussion forums.

Jeff btd


 
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TropicDrinkBoy
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Joined: Feb 27, 2011
Posts: 277
Posted: 2013-07-06 08:50 am   Permalink

I would vote but I don't use Facebook! Long live Tiki Central!

 
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TikiTie
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Joined: May 24, 2012
Posts: 104
From: 'bonedale, CO
Posted: 2013-07-06 1:41 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-07-04 13:27, Bora Boris wrote:
They have a Facebook page with only 16 likes at the moment -

http://www.facebook.com/TraderDicks?fref=ts

Maybe we can get that number up?

Way up!



it only took two days to get up to 129 "likes". Now they just need to put up a little more content on the Facebook page. Maybe a bit of history and old photos, or maybe new drinks. C'mon Trader Dick, step it up!


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11265
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-07-06 2:57 pm   Permalink

MUCH better, everybody! I don't know if this was achieved in a straight manner, but who cares, it's for Tiki survival.

 
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TikiTie
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Joined: May 24, 2012
Posts: 104
From: 'bonedale, CO
Posted: 2013-07-06 4:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-07-06 14:57, bigbrotiki wrote:
MUCH better, everybody! I don't know if this was achieved in a straight manner, but who cares, it's for Tiki survival.



Well, a popular Facebook page is great, but I think the only way for it to survive is with patronage. Maybe they can work out a cross promotional deal with someone like the Reno Aces to promote to a larger audience.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11265
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-07-06 11:26 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-07-04 13:14, bigbrotiki wrote:
Back then I really loved Fresno for its old Vegas style signage, everything was on a smaller scale, but it was still THERE !



THIS is what I am talking about:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=45661&forum=6&start=last&7

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TikiTie
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Joined: May 24, 2012
Posts: 104
From: 'bonedale, CO
Posted: 2013-07-07 02:28 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-07-04 13:27, Bora Boris wrote:
They have a Facebook page with only 16 likes at the moment -

http://www.facebook.com/TraderDicks?fref=ts

Maybe we can get that number up?

Way up!



it only took two days to get up to 129 "likes". Now they just need to put up a little more content on the Facebook page. Maybe a bit of history and old photos, or maybe new drinks. C'mon Trader Dick, step it up!


 
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Cavemoai
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Joined: Dec 29, 2012
Posts: 26
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2013-10-24 8:20 pm   Permalink

Here's a coconut mug I found today.





 
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TikiVato
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Joined: Mar 03, 2009
Posts: 402
From: Whittier, CA
Posted: 2013-10-24 11:15 pm   Permalink

Two weeks ago I received a letter from the Ascuagafamily regarding the sales of the Nugget. Here's a readers digest version of that letter. I sent them a response asking about the future of Trader Dick's. No response yet. Doesn't look good



Dear Friends of the Nugget,

We are pleased to announce that we have found an investor who shares our optimism about the future of Northern Nevada. Husky Finance and Global Gaming & Hospitality (GGH) have agreed to invest $50 million dollars in the Nugget in the next few years. Plans include renovating casino floor, hotel rooms, restaurants, convention space, exterior improvements and much more. All these changes are designed to make your experiences at the Nugget more enjoyable for years to come.

In order to secure the capital investment needed, we had to make the difficult and emotional decision to sell John Ascuaga’s Nugget to Husky Financial and GGH.

The sale requires regulatory approval and is expected to be complete by the New Year. The Ascuaga family will remain in a leadership role through the transition. Once the sale is complete, John Ascuaga will be chairman emeritus. Michonne and Stephen Ascuaga will assume advisory roles.

The name John Ascuaga's Nugget will remain in the near term, with a potential name change in the future.

Yours truly,

John, Michonne & Stephen Ascuaga

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TikiVato


 
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