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Kelbo's, Los Angeles, CA (restaurant)
bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11171
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-11-30 8:31 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-11-30 20:02, JOHN-O wrote:
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 fave).



JOHN-O! Do you really mean you are unaware of the classic Tiki Devolution history of Kelbo's !?
From Horrace Heidt Swingband member opened Beachcomber style haven ---to 90s Lounge Revival Zsar Joey Cheesey's haunt ---to stripped out/black painted Strip Club appropriately mal-named Fantasy Island!?

SOMEWHERE I know that name Sonny Heideman from! But there is a dark hole where that memory sits...
I think this memory hails from early O.A research days...

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On 2009-11-30 19:46, 1961surf wrote:
Note the killer ultra cool lucite chunk swag lamp hanging above the bar register .



And that is not a chunky resin, but a FLOWER resin lamp, comme ca:



I now remember that I probably laid eyes on this style for the very first time at Kelbo's in the 90s....longingly gazing at that ceiling plastered with resin floats....there were dozens of different ones, Kelbo's even outdid Bahooka's in that respect.....must have been ten years before I actually found this one....which proves that if you are patient, all things will come to you, eventually.


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2009-11-30 8:34 pm   Permalink

Ha! I'm just looking for an excuse to go inside the place. The things I do for TC and urban archeology

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4320
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-07-23 7:25 pm   Permalink

This thread needs some more visuals, I say.

I picked up a huge menu from Kelbo's some time ago, the cover art:



The Story of Kelbo's, updated from the one Polynesiac posted.



The menu does not fit on my scanners so I took a few pics.





71 drinks listed!


Here is a matchbook I just picked up.






I also saw this rare mug from Kelbo's that sold on ebay recently for mucho dinero.







Here is the information from the ebay listing. Apparently Popo was not referring to the Police as my sons do, but was instead the the name of the bartender.

This auction is for a Scarce Vintage Tiki Mug from Kelbo's Hawaiian Bar-B-Q formerly in Los Angeles off of Fairfax and 1st. Recently discovered in an old Hollywood estate. I believe that the Popo on the side of the handled mug refers to Popo Galcini the bartender.

A few more images I have gathered from the internet.

An old menu with Bar-BQ and Kar-BQ?



A few more matchbook types.






An ashtray



And a napkin.



Wish these places were still around like the Bahooka.


DC


 
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uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2010-07-24 05:05 am   Permalink

Great roundup DC!! Keep up the good work.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-08-04 6:39 pm   Permalink

Here is a little bit better photo of the ashtray I just got.



DC


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-10-13 11:37 pm   Permalink

Spotted this cool flier on ebay a while back for a Non show during the 80's at Kelbo's. A rare afternoon buffet performance!



I read somewhere that the Go Go's had a record signing party at Kelbo's.

Another shot of the Fantasy Island sign.



And a pick.





(I wonder if they had plate?)

DC


 
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abstractiki
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From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2011-10-14 06:25 am   Permalink

That's a cool sign. It would be nice to see a picture of it when it was in it's prime.

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-10-14 3:10 pm   Permalink

That's easy: Page 170 in the Book of Tiki

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-10-14 4:39 pm   Permalink

Sven, do you have every image in the BOT burned into your memory banks? Thanks for that reference, I couldn't recall seeing a photo of the original sign. Kind of takes the sting off the Fantasy Island incarnation.




And, another photo of some Kelbo's swag posted by twowheelin'tiki in a different TC thread.




I love that table tent - the Coco-Bo cocktail, coco-nut and pineapple madness in stereo!!

DC


 
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abstractiki
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From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2011-11-06 8:06 pm   Permalink

I found these photographs in the Los Angeles library archives.


Napkin


Postcard


Menu


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-05-27 08:18 am   Permalink

A few different Kelbo's mugs spotted on ebay. These have not showed up on Ooga Mooga yet.

A simple coconut mug.





Black Moai.






Not sure about the markings on the bottom?

DC



 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2012-05-27 09:57 am   Permalink

EC Props is a prop rental company in North Hollywood, B192 is probably the box or bin where the Moai mug was kept.

 
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2012-07-20 12:02 pm   Permalink

I was in West LA yesterday and stopped bye the old Kelbo's location.The building looking shabby and broken
window taped in .The more I think about it the more it bogles my mind ....a lame bikini bar replaces a well
known tiki / rib bar .What is the world comin too ! The last real trace that there was ever a tiki bar there is the
tiki neon face that still adores the Fantasy Island upper part of the large googie style commercial sign .
Boy it would have been nice to have saved this place !









 
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dogbytes
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2012-08-20 2:50 pm   Permalink

more information at http://www.oldlarestaurants.com/kelbos/

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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-01-16 3:30 pm   Permalink

Picked up this nice matchbox from Kelbo's with a Moai rendering.





Also saw this Coco Bo glass on ebay





What's a Coco Bo you may ask?


DC


 
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