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MAI KAI LOUNGE Tecumseh MI. (image heavy), Tecumseh, MI (restaurant)
Ragbag Comics
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Joined: Feb 24, 2009
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From: The shores of Lake Michigan
Posted: 2015-11-09 3:35 pm   Permalink

Hey Trav -

Have you made it back to the Mai Kai lounge since it was remangled?

Just curious... we'll be driving through MI in a few weeks, and if there were anything worthwhile
left to see there, we'd make a detour.

From that last photo you posted, and the words "breakfast bar," I'm afraid we missed
the boat on that one...

Sigh...

--Pete


 
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uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2015-11-12 1:54 pm   Permalink

I have not been back. As far as I know the motel went through another ownership change. The tikis and all the faux plastic jungle has been removed along with some of the other older elements. New awful murals have painted on the walls to brighten the place up. I almost don't want to go back and see what it has become. It's a long road trip just for disappointment.

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mike and marie
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Posted: 2017-10-17 7:40 pm   Permalink

Hey uncle trav! Wanted to reply to your post in the show me your Witco thread. and felt it was more appropriate to put it here.

We feel your pain. Still remember the first time we saw your pics on this thread so many years ago. (Is it just us or is time going by very quickly now? Weeks are like days, decades are like years...) We were so excited about it, since it's a doable roadtrip, not too far away ... it quickly went on our list of places to get out to ... but then, before we knew it, there were those new ... posts ... the grotesque photos with graffiti-like murals, the sad updates with all the horrible things the new owners had done to the place. A 'must see' quickly turned into a 'no way' ... so we stayed away, until last month when we finally knew it was the end.

One thing we realized when we got there: this must have been such a fantastic place in its 1970s heyday! We wish we would have gotten out there in the mid-90s, it must've been so cool then and just amazing to think it even existed there in Tecumseh, it seems like nobody there appreciated it or understood what it was. We really wish we could've made it out there that night you guys went and took those photos, back when it was still nice. Did you see the restaurant on the other side of the hotel complex? It was all locked up and closed and the owner didn't let us go there -- but I wonder what it looked like back in the day. Was it tiki, too?

Anyone reading this thread see how soon after your visit it was not nice, and only got worse. I don't know how long this owner has had it but so much was already gone, including the OA lights on the outside hallway ceilings. We saved what we could. We also took photos, but they're pretty sad. I don't even feel like adding photos because I want to remember it as it was when you guys went out there. What happened it since then is an absolute travesty.


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uncle trav
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Posted: 2017-10-22 04:37 am   Permalink

The good thing about TC is that these photos will hopefully be archived for a long time. The bar was largely intact when I was there. The owner at the time was nice enough to meet me on a Saturday morning and let me in while the bar was closed. He was the third owner I believe and didn’t have any stories or history about the bar. Maybe some more info will turn up on the little tiki lounge that lasted so long off the radar.
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