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Kelbo's, Los Angeles, CA (restaurant)
Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2599
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-06-01 10:56 pm   Permalink

Name:Kelbo's
Type:restaurant
Street:11434 W. Pico Blvd. and 101 N. Fairfax Ave.
City:Los Angeles
State:CA
Zip:90064
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
Kelbo's famous for it's ribs and it's cocktails.



 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2599
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-06-01 11:03 pm   Permalink

There are a few Kelbo's posts on Tiki Central but not an official Locating Tiki one so I thought I'd start one with this ad from the 1958 Yellow Pages ~



Oh wow they had both Pork and Ham!

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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11266
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-06-01 11:42 pm   Permalink

Always a good thing to have it all in one place, so I continue with some images:

Their business card, a little more racy than their phone book ads



The light house, before....



...and after it became a topless bar:



Their light box menu they had above every table:



And their found object assemblage "conversation window"...



...maybe we can find out why it looked so different originally, compared to the photo I took in the 90s:






 
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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2008-06-02 4:42 pm   Permalink

I didn't get a very good shot of it, but they spruced up the lighthouse a bit and painted bamboo frames around the windows.





 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8965
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2008-06-02 8:07 pm   Permalink

no inside shots Kate?


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CheekyGirl
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Joined: May 21, 2003
Posts: 979
From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2008-06-16 10:23 pm   Permalink

I was fortunate enough to frequent the place. But silly me, didn't think to get more than one matchbook. I gave it to Sabu to add it to his collection.




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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8965
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2008-06-17 09:06 am   Permalink

what, you don't go there anymore???


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CheekyGirl
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Joined: May 21, 2003
Posts: 979
From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2008-06-17 1:15 pm   Permalink

If they had good tropical drinks I would!

 
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Polynesiac
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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2085
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2008-10-09 08:21 am   Permalink

This is a Kelbos food and drink menu from the '70's. It is very tiki-lite, so I will just post the pertinent "beachcomber"-y cover (with closeup of the good stuff!), Kelbo's history and the not-so-exciting drink menu.

cover:


C/U:


HIstory/info:


Non-alcohol and alcoholic drink menus:





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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2008-11-09 5:07 pm   Permalink

Picked up this matchbook today. Never knew there were 5 locations.




 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2599
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-11-09 5:44 pm   Permalink



Non-Headache view.


 
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robtikiti
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Joined: Nov 10, 2008
Posts: 34
From: Monterey Park, CA
Posted: 2008-11-10 11:48 am   Permalink

I was told by one of the Tonga Hut owners, Jeremy, that this lamp in the corner of his North Hollywood, CA bar comes from Kelbo's:



I'm going to be a bad reporter, because I've forgotten the name of the gentleman who gave it to him for the bar, but next time you're there ask him for the story yourself. I'm sure he'll tell it to you over a mai tai.

-Rob




 
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Chub
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Joined: Jan 26, 2005
Posts: 264
From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2009-11-30 3:25 pm   Permalink

Found this picture in the Los Angeles Public Library photo collection.

"General manager Sonny Heideman sits in tropical paradise at Kelbo's, with a flaming coco-bo to keep him warm". Kelbo's Hawaiian Restaurant is at 11434 West Pico Boulevard. Photograph dated: Jan. 23, 1985.


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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1932
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2009-11-30 7:46 pm   Permalink

Note the killer ultra cool lucite chunk swag lamp hanging above the bar register .

 
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JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2700
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2009-11-30 8:02 pm   Permalink

I don't live far. I'll check it out and report if any Tiki remains. Besides it's on the way to Billingsley's (another JOHN-O mid-century fave).

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