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"Tiki Lounge" in Newark in 1966 (?)
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 07, 2005
Posts: 1566
From: Mass.
Posted: 2007-08-30 7:27 pm   Permalink

I wasn't sure if it was OK to put this in "Locating Tiki". I didn't have an address and I'm not 100% sure it ever opened (Skip may have torched the place before opening night!) but I bet it's defunct if his big plan was one day serve 3.2 beer...

Anyway, this story is from the Newark Advocate, 6 July 1966. If a moderator wants to shove it in Locating Tiki, go nuts.

New Polynesian Lounge
Will Open In 3 Weeks

"Tiki Lounge", a new
pohnesian. - style establishment,
located on the edge of west
Newark, will open in about
three weeks according to owner,
Findley B. Chappelear Jr.
The lounge, done in "A"-
frame architecture, has a picturesque
setting in a valley between
Cherry Valley and Beddington
Roads bordering Racoon Creek.
The building is probably the
first commercial establishment
in the area to have "A"-frame
architecture, Chappelear said.
The lounge will hve a seating
capacity of about 60 people on
the main floor and balcony, he
said. When be opens for
business late this month or in
early July. "Tiki Lounge" will
serve sandwiches and soft
drinks. The owner said he hopes
to serve 3.2 beer at a later date.
No manager has yet been
named for the establishment.
The building was designed
and built by Chappelear. He
said he did all construction himself
with the exception of laying
block, plumbing, wiring and
finish work. "Skip", as be is
known by Ms friends, is an engineer
technician in the design
department at State Highway
Department, where he has been
employed nine years.
He is a 1952 graduate from
Newark High School and studied
architecture at Miami University
and Ohio State University.
He is married to the former
Mary Ellen Schlosser and they
live at 630 Woodland Dr. with
their two daughters, Julie, five,
and Linda, two.
The polynesian-style building
features a cathedral ceiling
from which hand rd, orange,
and blue-green ball lights. A
spiral stairway will lead from
the building's center to the
A horseshoe - shaped bar with
fish net drapped overhead, sits
at the rear of the main floor and
booths line both sides of the
building. Tables are arranged
on the balcony.
The building's interior is
finished in wood paneling,
formica, and burlap. Wooden
heads will be placed on the inside
and outside of the door and
will be used as decoration
throughout the lounge.
Chappelear said he plans to
place a nine-foot idol at the
entrance, outside the building.
Volcanic lava from California
frames the entrance and wood
paneling surrounds the door.
A large parking lot is located
in front of the new business with
an entrance from Cherry Valley
Road and an exit onto Reddington
Chappelear plans to have a
Japanese garden in the rear of
the lounge at a later date. This
fall he plans to build a wall to
protect the two acres on which
the lounge sits from Racoon

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-08-30 10:04 pm   Permalink

Pappy, another stellar find! I have never seen the term "A-frame architecture" mentioned together with "Tiki Lounge" in a mid-century article before. Theoretically, that architect could still be alive....

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 07, 2005
Posts: 1566
From: Mass.
Posted: 2007-08-31 02:52 am   Permalink

It's a strange thing that the newspaper gives his exact address but only hints at the address of the lounge. I guess we could go see if he still lives there.

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Sistah Rose

Joined: Jun 29, 2012
Posts: 3
Posted: 2013-05-05 10:21 pm   Permalink

I see that the architect just died, on 4/27. His funeral was last Wednesday. His obit mentions that he was the owner of The Tiki Bar, but no further information on it.

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