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New Luau in Beverly Hills?
Crowntiki
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From: Crowntown, USA
Posted: 2008-01-17 11:15 am   Permalink

From EaterLA: "BEVERLY HILLS: A reader sent this snap proving that Colors on Bedford is finally and 100% defunct. Moving in: The Luau Restaurant. Interesting name choice considering one of LA's early classics was The Luau on Rodeo Drive (1954-1978 according to LA Time Machines), owned by Steve Crane, one of Lana Turner's husbands. Obviously not the same owners, but similar concept? We can't wait to hear"... http://la.eater.com/ .... Anyone have any info on this? Pretty ballzzzzy to use the name, even decades later in Beverly Hills... LA.EATER JUST ADDED THIS INFO: "Jay Weston, who writes Jay Weston's Restaurant Newsletter, spills some dirt about Luau in Beverly Hills: "Owner is Andy Hewitt of Il Sole, Chef is Mako of Mako’s on S. Beverly Drive and Loree Rodkin is doing the design…should be fabulous".... It doesn't sound very tiki, and will probably just be a haunt for pseudocelebs to drink $18 cinnamon infused-rum coladas but if Mako is doing the food (I'd love to see his take on Hawaiian / Polynesian cuisine), it should at least be great eats - but no doubt insanely pricey...


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icebaer69
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Posted: 2008-01-17 12:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-01-17 11:15, Crowntiki wrote:
... http://la.eater.com/ ....


good site with many links to interesting
(and sometimes sad) stories:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ambassador16jan16,1,3406872.story?coll=la-headlines-california&ctrack=1&cset=true


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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-01-17 1:49 pm   Permalink

I am not holding my breath. So far, when classic Polynesian pop names were acquired, the realization of the concept was anything but classic. My question: Why bother getting the name in the first place?

 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-01-17 2:21 pm   Permalink

I did a little Googling and found this -

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW

11. 369 North Bedford
LUAU RESTAURANT
Façade Remodel, New Signage, and Outdoor
Furniture

Preliminarily Approved with Conditions; 6-0.

CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS ARCHITECTURAL COMMISSION SYNOPSIS

I'm prepared to be disappointed.


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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-01-17 2:46 pm   Permalink

Cool, now we have the address and can watch what develops. Who would be a good Tiki agent in the area?:

>>ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW

369 North Bedford
LUAU RESTAURANT
Façade Remodel, New Signage, and Outdoor Furniture
(PL 076 5219)

Preliminarily Approved with Conditions; 6-0. <<

Outdoor furniture? I see another Vegas Trader Vic's in the making...OR even more to the point, a nouveaux Beverly Hills Trader Vic's style competitor to that one -just like in the old days, when Steve sent Gabe to spy on Vic!

What the permit SHOULD ask for is things like "...bridge over waterfall-fed moat, flanked by open-flame gas torches..".



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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-01-17 3:42 pm   Permalink

I can do it Big Bro,

I'll take a picture this weekend and then a couple a week until it's finished.


 
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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2008-01-17 4:03 pm   Permalink

Well...with the post yesterday about MAXIM MAGAZINE'S IN and OUT list, with TIKI BARS "IN" for this year coming up, let's see what develops. No one is going to do a Tiki restaurant the old school (ie: right way) but let's see what happens.

A bridge over a moat, with a HUGE A-Frame entry is what SHOULD be on those permits, but I;m not holding my breath.

Imigine if one of us in here had big developer's money.....



 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2008-01-17 11:45 pm   Permalink

Bring it on!

 
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martiki
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Posted: 2008-01-20 6:09 pm   Permalink

There is good reason to be optimistic about this venture. Keep your fingers crossed!

 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-01-20 6:15 pm   Permalink

Beverly Hills was like a Ghost Town today, which was nice.







Next time I'll shoot before the Sun starts going down.
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2008-01-20 7:16 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-01-17 11:15, Crowntiki wrote:
"Owner is Andy Hewitt of Il Sole, Chef is Mako of Mako’s on S. Beverly Drive and Loree Rodkin is doing the design…should be fabulous"....



Il Sole is on Sunset in West Hollywood, so the owner should have the necessary contacts to secure financing sufficient to do justice to the interior, particularly if hiring an interior designer.

I think this BH space is considered in the "Golden Triangle," so there should be enough traffic to keep it going (unlike SF TV).


 
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floratina
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From: West Los Angeles
Posted: 2008-01-21 9:52 pm   Permalink

That appears to be the former site of "The Ginger Man" restaurant, owned many years ago by Carroll O' Connor. Except then it was dark green with brass accents, that sort of thing. New York style place, piano bar. It was lovely.

 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2008-01-21 11:01 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-01-17 16:03, tikiyaki wrote:
Well...with the post yesterday about MAXIM MAGAZINE'S IN and OUT list, with TIKI BARS "IN" for this year coming up, let's see what develops. No one is going to do a Tiki restaurant the old school (ie: right way) but let's see what happens.

A bridge over a moat, with a HUGE A-Frame entry is what SHOULD be on those permits, but I;m not holding my breath.

Imigine if one of us in here had big developer's money.....





In Waikiki, a new A-frame is being built.
However, this structure, with its emphasis on the horizontal and the patio, is probably not the best candidate for an A-frame.

However, Trader Vic's BH and Tiki-Ti have small A-frames, so who knows?

I was hoping for tiki torches.


 
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spy-tiki
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From: glendale, ca
Posted: 2008-01-23 9:21 pm   Permalink

Found this recent Zagat article:

http://www.zagat.com/Blog/Detail.aspx?SNP=NLA&SCID=37&BLGID=9295&zagatbuzzid=jan08week4


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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-01-24 7:10 pm   Permalink

Here's a map from the Old Luau location to new Luau location -






 
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