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Kelbo's, Los Angeles, CA (restaurant)
tikilongbeach
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From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-05-11 09:13 am   Permalink

While searching through the Los Angeles Times online archives I found a 2008 article written by Steve Harvey (not the comedian) about LA's 'whimsical architecture'.
Harvey's Then and Now articles in the LA Times were a favorite of mine when I moved to LA. Now he writes a column in The Grunion. A weekly Long Beach community paper.

At the Kelbo's location on Pico one of the tikis was a repurposed pickle that used to adorn the roof of Pickle Bill's restaurant in West L.A. Unfortunately there isn't a picture.

www.latimes.com/travel/la-trw-then18-2008may18,0,163059.column



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[ Edited by: Bora Boris - Fixed link. - 2013-05-11 09:55 ]


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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2013-09-07 1:17 pm   Permalink



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woofmutt
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Posted: 2013-10-03 10:51 pm   Permalink

Just saw the 1969 film The Gay Deceivers* which has a small scene shot inside a Tiki joint (with actual tikis visible) and another scene shot outside of Kelbo's. Don't know if the interior was Kelbo's or a set.


*Amusing enough farce to watch with some really swell period sets.


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-10-04 10:02 am   Permalink

If you can post a frame capture or two from that interior scene, I could tell you.

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-07-02 8:18 pm   Permalink

The Go-Go's record label signing party at Kelbos, circa 1981.









Under Kelbo's tin roofs, stuffed macaws and dried banana peels, the Go-Go’s and Copeland signed that sacred document, the long-term recording contract. And the flashbulbs started popping. 

Said lead guitarist Charlotte: I feel really secure, happy now. It makes more sense to be on a smaller label who’ll pay a lot of attention to you.


DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-07-03 07:27 am   Permalink

Found this great old article on Kelbo's in a 1957 edition of Mechanix Illustrated. It tells the story of how Kelbo's started on a shoestring.













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