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Sams Seafood
GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2008-06-18 3:45 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-18 12:55, bigtikidude wrote:
Chuck,
thanks alot,
I have some Ideas, I'd like to discuss with you if I may.
can you e-mail me?

Jeff(bigtikidude)
bigtikidude@yahoo.com




Are they music-related suggestions?


 
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lucas vigor
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Joined: May 12, 2004
Posts: 3985
From: SOCAL
Posted: 2008-06-18 3:55 pm   Permalink

We played there saturday night for the O.C. Weekly party, and the place was packed with wall-to-wall bodies. It was an awesome party! The waitresses and servers were all very professional, despite how busy they were. The appetizers were excellent. Sunday night we also played, but there was hardly anyone there. I guess most of the tiki centralites in OC were in Florida for the hulikau, and it was Father's day. I am guessing lunch was probably pretty packed. The only complaint I could ever make is that one of the bartenders was kind of rude to us ( a shaved head guy), but other then that the staff was awesome! One of the waitress came up and danced a hula for us, and she was very, very good! The owner (a tall fellow) was a very nice and professional gentleman, and we enjoyed playing there immensely. The decor is still Tiki to the max, so I think the new owners "Get it"! They even had exotica playing over the PA system! Can't beat that!

 
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tiki leki
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Joined: Jul 02, 2006
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From: Point Loma
Posted: 2008-06-18 7:22 pm   Permalink

Is Kona's open during the week for lunch ? I would love to come up from San Diego to help support it.

 
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WooHooWahine
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Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3138
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2008-06-18 7:26 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-06-18 19:22, tiki leki wrote:
Is Kona's open during the week for lunch ? I would love to come up from San Diego to help support it.



Here's Kona's website
http://www.samshb.com/

Let us know if you ever come up Soccertiki and I will meet you at Kona's for a Mai Tai


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WooHooWahine
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From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2008-06-18 7:26 pm   Permalink



[ This Message was edited by: woohoowahine 2008-06-19 05:56 ]


 
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1932
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2008-06-18 10:19 pm   Permalink

I am glad to hear about the positive changes,however I disagree with the signage change.
I don't care what anyone says or thinks,I have a 24 year long history at Sam's and I
think for landmark and nostalgia reasons the neon swordfish should stay on the roof
where it has been for 51 years now.There now I put my two cents worth in, for what
little it may be worth!

[ This Message was edited by: 1961surf 2008-06-18 22:30 ]


 
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Jason Wickedly
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Joined: Jan 01, 2008
Posts: 704
From: LBCTIKI
Posted: 2008-06-19 08:21 am   Permalink

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On 2008-06-18 22:19, 1961surf wrote:
I am glad to hear about the positive changes,however I disagree with the signage change.
I don't care what anyone says or thinks,I have a 24 year long history at Sam's and I
think for landmark and nostalgia reasons the neon swordfish should stay on the roof
where it has been for 51 years now.There now I put my two cents worth in, for what
little it may be worth!

[ This Message was edited by: 1961surf 2008-06-18 22:30 ]



The swordfish is staying, it will just say "KONA" instead of Sam's now.


 
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1932
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2008-06-19 1:45 pm   Permalink

That defeats the purpose.Its nice to have something thats visually pays homage
to yester year.That sign if you look at all the old pictures, postcards, and
menus represents alot of good times for people way back in the day that are
still alive and see the sign and have enjoyed it for years.You could still
have all your Kona signs around the restaurant, and leave the one little
piece of landmark history for people to enjoy and take them back in time.
Its something to seriously think about.Sams started off as a fresh seafood
market in 1937 and it wasn't until 1957 it turned into a sit down restaurant.
If you took a poll from locals in seaside and sunset beach community as well
as people that used to go there in the 60's , 70's and 80's I would wedger they
would all agree.I have some other positive suggestions as well.I need to pay
a visit and sit down and talk to the new owners a bit.

[ This Message was edited by: 1961surf 2008-06-19 13:47 ]


 
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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
Posts: 2710
From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2008-06-19 2:13 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-19 13:45, 1961surf wrote:
That defeats the purpose.Its nice to have something thats visually pays homage
to yester year.That sign if you look at all the old pictures, postcards, and
menus represents alot of good times for people way back in the day that are
still alive and see the sign and have enjoyed it for years.You could still
have all your Kona signs around the restaurant, and leave the one little
piece of landmark history for people to enjoy and take them back in time.
Its something to seriously think about.Sams started off as a fresh seafood
market in 1937 and it wasn't until 1957 it turned into a sit down restaurant.
If you took a poll from locals in seaside and sunset beach community as well
as people that used to go there in the 60's , 70's and 80's I would wedger they
would all agree.I have some other positive suggestions as well.I need to pay
a visit and sit down and talk to the new owners a bit.

[ This Message was edited by: 1961surf 2008-06-19 13:47 ]



I think keeping the Iconic SwordFish and changing the name on it is a good compromise. Having it say "Sams" will confuse people. What I think would be nice is if they took the Sams neon letters and mounted them on the "Sams Wall of Fame" which will indeed be in the restaurant. It would be a really nice tribute.
Keeping SAMS on the fish would be nice and nostalgic for you. but confusing to the public at large, and KONA needs to make a name for itself if it wants to be a successful business.
Like I said in another post....I'm just glad that the place is in business and keeping the original Tiki Spirit alive.

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. We have NO original Tiki Places here in SoCal anymore. If it's merely a matter of a name change, but the original theme and spirit of Sam's is housed within it's walls, that's more than enough for me.

Besides...it's not like the place used to be called Trader Vics or the Mai Kai, or some other cool Poly Pop type name...SAMS isn't exactly the most "Tiki" name for a Tiki restaurant anyway.


 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-06-19 2:14 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-19 13:45, 1961surf wrote:.You could still
have all your Kona signs around the restaurant, and leave the one little
piece of landmark history for people to enjoy and take them back in time.



Actually it's a really big sign. I'm happy that Swordfish will be staying and can live with the fact that like the menu and some other things the inside will be different. I was born in Huntington Beach and lived in the Huntington Beach / Costa Mesa area for 27 years, the Sam's sign is a very strong memory for me but I agree with the owners decision to move on. Don't forget Sam's was almost totally gone a little while ago and with that in mind I can handle a font change.


 
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The Sperm Whale
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Joined: Aug 23, 2004
Posts: 1551
From: Lakewood California
Posted: 2008-06-19 2:39 pm   Permalink

I am so stoked that I can still visit the place where I married my fuckin awesome wife "The Whale Rider". Pretty much what lead me to Tiki Central-besides turning my sweet Lava Rock fireplace to "Spermy's Blowhole". It's like magic!!

 
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WooHooWahine
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Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3138
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2008-06-19 2:44 pm   Permalink

Kona's is a Tiki-rrific Place!! Delicious Food, Refreshing Drinks, and an Awesome place to Escape "Reality". The New Owners and GM are doing a great job preserving one of the last Original Tiki Restaurants in Orange County. Everytime SoccerTiki and I go to Kona's we have a Blast. Try it...you might like it!!

 
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1932
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2008-06-19 4:27 pm   Permalink

I am in agreement with your reasoning and logic,especially if it helps keep the
establishment open.Not to dwell on the changing of the name.We all know that Sam's
Seafood is no kitchy tiki or poly name,but that was kinda one of the cool stories
behind the name is the fact that after operating successfully for years as fresh
seafood market,times changed.In order to stay in business,Sam's needed to switch gears.
So they decided to start cooking and serving the fresh seafood and turned it into a
a polynesian themed restaurant that was so popular at the time,yet never bothering
to change the name.To the best of my understanding the reasoning behind it was, they
wanted to retain alot of their customer base as well as develop new ones thru the
word of mouth about their aloha dining experience and the tropical drinks that got
them so tanked.I wish the new owners much success and hope they have a solid lease
with the guy that owns the building and the land,I would hate to see the rug get
pulled from underneath them.Well its that time of year again.I welcome all to join
me for a drink and celebrate my birthday next Thursday June 26th.I should be there
around 4:30 or so.Hope to see you all there.I would like to get tortured and hear
about some Mai Kai stories since I could not be present.Funny I was there for my
last years birthday- before they officially re-opened Sam's and had the mug release
party with Squid and Sam Gambino-Dejavu perhaps.


 
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tikihai
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Joined: Apr 05, 2005
Posts: 157
From: Seal Beach, Cal
Posted: 2008-06-20 2:27 pm   Permalink

The swordfish sign said " am's" if you were heading north a couple weeks ago. Last night I drove by and noticed the neon was already stripped from the swordfish sign. Looks like the new name is going up there soon. I still have not been in to check out the Kona incarnation of the restaurant but look forward to doing so. The new signage looks real good and it seems like the mana ohana is returning.

 
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1932
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2008-06-24 5:47 pm   Permalink

Come join Bill LaPalia (aka) Trader Bill celebrate his birthday this Thursday
June 26th at 5:00 pm.Look forward to seeing and meeting the new owners and checking
out their new menu.Hopefully someone there knows how to make a real Mai Tai
or Zombie.Feel free to chime in and give head counts.The more the merrier.I look
forward to seeing as many of you as possible from TC and myspace-That includes you Bamboo,Holden,Crazy Al,Soccer, Wohoo,Go Tiki,Hinano Paul, big tikidude and the list
goes on and on.Be there or be square.

Mahalos,
Trader Bill

http://www.konahb.com/





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