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The Luau in Beverly Hills, CA (restaurant)
bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-03-01 8:47 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-10-30 09:04, Dustycajun wrote:
Here are some really nice old photos of the Luau from a historical photo website that sells them.

Great shot of the interior.





S'cuse me, but I cannot concur on this being The Luau, it must be a Trader Vic's. Check out the Janus Tiki table lamps...long ago, these led me to identify the decor of "I am Cuba" as being of Vic origin. And I think I can make out some T.V.'s Salt & Pepper shakers on the table on the right. Furthermore that looks like Chines ovens in the background...and that big Tiki on the left reminds me of the phone pole Tikis outside of the Beverly Hills Trader


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-03-02 09:46 am   Permalink

Excellent eye Bigbro! You are absolutely correct. Here is a close up the tables where you can see the Trader Vic's lamp and Salt and Pepper shakers.






You can also see the Trader Vic's coaster on the tables.



The website must have mistaken the photo because of the Tiki poles and railing that look like the ones at the Luau.

So, that leads us to ask "Which Trader Vic's was this?".

DC


 
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2013-12-30 8:54 pm   Permalink

Looks like these Maynard Parker photos Sabu posted in this thread confirm that shot is from Trader Vic's Beverly Hills.

Here's another angle:


...and the big Tiki Bigbro referenced:


I also recently bought a slide with this image, showing some folks in fancy dress:


-Trad'r Bill


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-05-02 5:48 pm   Permalink

Nice slide Trad'r Bill. I dug up a few more photos of the Luau (and NOT Trader Vic's!).

Here is a nice photo of the building.




The front entrance sign.



And my favorite, Steven Crane with Earl Muntz and the 1953 Muntz Jet owned by Cheryl Crane parked out in front of the Luau.



Sports cars and Tiki Bars!

DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-07-15 6:45 pm   Permalink

Sports cars are nice, as are Blond Bombshells at the Luau.





Photos from 1958 of Sharon Lee Street at the Luau in Beverly Hills where she had her first date with David Street.

DC


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2015-01-04 09:43 am   Permalink

3 different versions






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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2015-01-04 7:41 pm   Permalink





 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2015-05-25 09:47 am   Permalink

This nice interior shot of The Luau is actually part of an ad for Beverly Hills Federal Savings. It was in a magazine dated 1966.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2015-12-07 11:47 am   Permalink

I purchased this lone salt shaker from The Luau at the ITMP these weekend. Never seen one like this before with the Trader Vic's hands clasped style and the shell necklace.



The Luau embossed on the back.



Quite a bit different than the two thumbs up model that Crane used at the Luau, Kon Tiki, and Ports o Call restaurants.



Anybody have one of these sets or seen one of these sets before?

DC


 
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arriano
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Posted: 2015-12-09 1:55 pm   Permalink

Perhaps it's from a different Luau?



 
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Tattoo
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Posted: 2015-12-09 10:05 pm   Permalink

Really cool DC and what a great find. It's probably just their super early 1st salt and pepper shakers before the Steve Crane enterprise became a chain. Or a discarded prototype. Could be from another Luau I guess but I would not be surprised though if it was a early Steve Cane Luau SP shaker... Just for when they first started before they got their first batch of the more ubiquitous ones. Who knows but super cool!!!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2015-12-15 9:46 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-12-09 22:05, Tattoo wrote:
Really cool DC and what a great find. It's probably just their super early 1st salt and pepper shakers before the Steve Crane enterprise became a chain….



Hey, I like that theory. It is supported by the fact that Steve Crane did indeed take his cues from the Beverly Hills Trader's, as my anecdote at the end of this post relates:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=38017&forum=5&vpost=558777

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