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New Luau in Beverly Hills?
Tiki Kiniki
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Posted: 2008-10-22 09:42 am   Permalink

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On 2008-10-22 09:38, TIKI-RAY wrote:
COMPLIMENTARY ???????????????? No way !!!!!!!!! We are just two blocks from Rodeo Drive . $620.00 for each 1/2 oz. tube .



??? $620 for lube?? It had better have other intrinsic qualities like anti-wrinkling agent or something.....after all, your wood ain't getting any younger! D'Oh


 
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TIKI-RAY
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Posted: 2008-10-22 09:48 am   Permalink

Ouch ! You really parted my hair with that one . Actually its a synthetic blend made from range free dolphin and baby seal oils . ( I know Im gonna hear crap about that line ). Just kidding folks !
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2008-10-22 10:39 am   Permalink

GET BACK ON TOPIC!
CEASE THESE BUTT-RUBB SHENANIGANS!
take a pic or two tonight!
Also get a good shot of the pufferfish lamps
Thanks!
and Congrats!
did Cindy really win a Million dollars?!?!
tell her she's surrounded by enough carvings
and needs some paintings!

Have fun tonight kids!
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tobunga
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Posted: 2008-10-22 4:07 pm   Permalink

Well, to stay off- and on-topic (butt-rubbing-wise), Manuel and I are having dinner there on Friday for his birthday.

I've been keeping him away from this thread, so he's in for a surprise... as far as he knows, the new Luau is an Asian-fusion desecration of past tiki glory, as was reported earlier, before things really took shape.

But the photos here look incredible... Bamboo Ben has done an outstanding job... A few weeks ago, I took a peek in the front door and I was blown away by what I saw. I've been dying to get a better look since then... can't wait until Friday!

Oh, also, thanks Trader Tom! I was poking around on the internet looking for info on the opening of the Luau, and found nothing until I checked here and found what I wanted, including a phone number!

So hopefully, this will be another step toward returning Los Angeles' status as a Tiki Mecca!!!
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Coco Joe
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Posted: 2008-10-22 5:18 pm   Permalink

does anybody know what the dress code is?

 
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TIKI-RAY
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Posted: 2008-10-22 5:26 pm   Permalink

I was going to wear nice dress shorts and a new Tommy but I think Im wearing slacks just to be on the safe side . We are just leaving for there now . Ill have more info for you tomorrow .

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-10-22 7:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-10-22 16:07, tobunga wrote:
....as far as he knows, the new Luau is an Asian-fusion desecration of past tiki glory, as was reported earlier....



I'm happy you're all so excited, kids. Me, I am reserved, still. The EXTERIOR looks great, but look at the interior and imagine it without the blowfish, and Ray's cool Tiki, and it still could be Asian fusion. Not to rain on everybody's parade, but I am fairly certain that Ray got the job to carve the lil bugger as an afterthought, after the management had gotten wind that there was anti-anticipation for lack of Tiki-ness out there. To me, it smells like a token Tiki, just like 70s TV shows had their token black person. For a Tiki Bar it does make it not.

But then, who says this WANTS to be a Tiki bar? I don't think they want to be, and that's fine with me. I think from the restaurateur standpoint, this place looks really stylish, it really does. But so do many restaurants in the casinos of Las Vegas.

YES Ben did a great job, as always, and to hire Jeff to design the drinks is commendable. But the original Luau was one of the birthplaces of Tiki style. This one is an example of a modern, streamlined, and yes "tasteful" tropical space. I am simply concerned with the watering down of a definite stylistic language, and that this new place will be confused with being an example of TIKI style...even if it doesn't want to be.

And I am not suggesting it should have been a copy of the original to achieve that, there are many ways to pay homage other than being generic and safe. Case in point, VERY close in social level to our Beverly Hills: The Mahiki in London. It leaves NO doubt and is making no apologies about its stylistic heritage. AND it is hugely successful, with celebrities and royalty lining up. So it COULD work.

Here are some pics from the original Luau, just for comparison of the old and the new :





I apologize I had to insult your stylistic sensibilities with such tacky visuals, folks, let's leave it with what Steve Crane had to say about HIS Luau:




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jpmartdog
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Posted: 2008-10-22 7:38 pm   Permalink

Waiting anxiously for pictures from all you Luau socialites. Go ahead brighten up our dreary, rainy cold fall, 3350 miles from all things 'Hollywood' Luau! I'm really excited for all you attending and of course those involved in the creation! The tease pics look amazing!
Please rub the Tiki's butt for me... I need all the luck I can get!


 
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TIKI-RAY
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Posted: 2008-10-23 12:25 am   Permalink

Well we had a great time and the place was packed to the gills . The fire marshall kept kicking folks out of the bar and back to the dining room .( I bet he can walk in anytime and get a great table ) I dont drink anymore but everyone said the drinks were tasty and STRONG . The sample platters going around the room were absolutely delicious as well .It was funny to see Cindy and Tom Arnold get into a little conversation and she even was tempted to pinch his butt. He said "Go ahead " but she backed off and giggled . Andy and Doug were gracious hosts and introduced us to several people there . Cheryl Crane personally complimented me on my tiki and even got my business card . I was honored just to meet her . She told me that she loves that tiki is coming back strong . What a classy lady too. It was too hard to take pics because of the crowds though . It reminded me of the Planet Rooth opening night . I know I have a tiki in there but I was so impressed with the New Guinnea masks and carvings all around . Ben did a great job and he should be proud . His work starts at the main entrance , through the bar and restaraunt and winds its way upstairs . It was kinda hard to tour the place leisurely because of the crowd but I really didnt mind when Joe Walsh accidentally bumped into me .Doug told me he was going to send me some high rez. pics of my tiki to post so Ill wait for those .There also is a HUGE picture in the bar of the original saltshaker photographed on canvas and nicely framed too. Yes this place is not totally tiki but I loved it anyways .

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Coco Joe
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Posted: 2008-10-23 12:33 am   Permalink

Good news! I hope people say the same about Joe Collins (me) as you did Joe Walsh (when is the Joe Walsh Tiki Mug coming out?)





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Posted: 2008-10-23 09:24 am   Permalink

The restaurant was posted today on DailyCandy.com's Weekend Report for LA. That should get a lot of fashionistas and other Southern Californians out to see the spot.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-10-23 11:22 am   Permalink

Ray, I'm glad to hear they have some PNG art in there, too. And to get a compliment for your Tiki from Steve Crane's daughter (and ex-hostess at The Luau) must have been very rewarding.

 
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Sparkle Mark
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Posted: 2008-10-23 11:43 am   Permalink

Hey Sven

I agree with your observations about the possible watering down of the public concept of what tiki is; however, I think that it also provides an opportunity to prove that there is a market for this concept (they at least have the cocktails and finishing decore touches right). If the BH Luau can succeed then the unimaginative investment people can have some commercial proof that there is a market again for polypop restaurants and bars, and if you're going to go to all of the trouble to compete with them (BH Luau) you will have to do them one better.
I know that this is a pipe-dream, but it is my pipe-dream.

The bad part is now we'll have to be elbowing Tom Arnold out of the way at garage sales and thrift stores to get to the tiki memorabilia.

Best
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Murph
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Posted: 2008-10-23 11:54 am   Permalink

Who's Tom Arnold?

Looks like we will have to go down and check this place out.
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Sparkle Mark
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Posted: 2008-10-23 7:15 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-10-23 11:54, Murph wrote:
Who's Tom Arnold?

Looks like we will have to go down and check this place out.



Well, I'm not sure what Tom Arnold has done or who he is, but if you go eat at Pink's Hot Dogs
http://www.pinkshollywood.com/pgz/photos.htm
and look at their "walls of fame" you will notice that every other autographed celebrity photo is a picture of Tom Arnold.
I believe that he actually pays for his hot dogs with autographed pictures, and that he eats there several times per week.
Can't blame a guy for liking good food, musta been why he was at the Luau.



I'm sorry sir, we only take American Express, Visa and Master Card, we do not accept 8x10 Glossies

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