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Canadian Tiki Part Deux
Slacks Ferret
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Posted: 2011-07-04 10:19 am   Permalink

I'm pretty sure that there is nothing left of the Waikiki. I spent a few days out in Comox about 8 years ago. I'm sure I would've noticed it back then.
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2011-08-02 10:37 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-01-04 17:12, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
Here's a view of the 100 block of East Pender Street in Vancouver's Chinatown. Photo was taken in 1974 and you can see a sign for the "South Seas Dining Lounge"



Does anyone know if the place is still there?



Hey Sabu, I tried quite hard to find something out about this place but nothing comes up at all. There is nothing listed for South Seas Dining Lounge that I could find. I searched from about 1969 to to 1979 and got nothing.

I am wondering if that sign is just advertising what the place was and not the actual name of it? I don't have access yet to any cross reference catalogs which tell you what was listed at that specific address and who was on title during certain years. These catalogs are much harder to find at libraries and the like and alot just don't keep them on hand. The ones that do have them just don't have the old ones. So I guess the hunt will continue!

Mahalo, TabooDan


EDITED TO ADD THIS RAMBLIN' :
I managed to look into a couple of the years around the photo and it's reported date of 1974 in the cross check reference books but still found nothing that was called South Seas Dining Lounge or anything that may have worked out. I basically went through the whole block for the years I could get but of course I did not have 1974's catalog! In the 1978 catalog, I did find a "Hawaii Barber Shop" that would have been near by but that was about it.

These books are basically a reference catalog (a big phone book) that allows you to look up the address and it will tell you what the name of the person or business was at that location for that year. Also, if you just have a phone number, you can look up the phone number and it will tell you the name and address for that number so they can be quite helpful. Especially if you have an Ad or Match Book with no address and just the ph. number.

The problem is many collections at libraries, archives, etc., are incomplete or don't go back far enough.
I don't really have any other tools to dig with right now so I think this one is going back to sleep for a while. I still love that photo though showing every day life just passing by!!

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TabooDan
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Posted: 2011-08-04 10:01 pm   Permalink

Since the last page ended and the top of this one discussed a place on Vancouver Island called the Waikiki Restaurant, I figured I would look into it a little. I mean very little!! I don't go over to the Island at all so it is hard to do real hands on research.
Well guess what, I didn't find out anything!!

So I figure we'll keep this on Vancouver Island a little bit here.
I know that Comox and alot of the Islands towns and cities are big with retirees and veterans (couple military bases out there) so it would be a great place to have these Tropical or Polynesian Bars and Restaurants. Remind the elders of their times abroad!

We know of a Lum's Polynesian Restaurant in Victoria which is, quite honestly, a Chinese joint with a cool name. Much better than this would have been one of the Beachcomber Restaurant locations which was in Victoria on Broughton Street. The Beachcomber chain all seemed to be quite 'Tikified' with some great decor so this was probably a decent place. Besides swizzle stix, garnish pic's and matchbooks, nothing much has surfaced from this location.

Victoria's location of the Beachcomber was closed in the early 1980's and the original building was torn down. A new high rise with offices above and shops below was built. This is what it looks like today:




I did however, find a couple places of noteworthy interest that I want to share in this thread as opposed to giving them their own threads. I really think the info. will be lacking until someone can actually do
some real investigating over on the Island. I'm more than happy to start it off though!!

First up was this little Ad that caught my eye because of the....well....you know:



The Hawaiian Fantasy Restaurant And Dinner Club had the address of 820 Esquimalt St. in Victoria.
I thought the name was a bit funny as they really don't mess around with some exotic name or title. They get right down to business! I also like "Super Smorg Canadian Style"! Yes, I know, enter your Canadian jokes here. I know....everything covered in Maple Syrup! Mmm Hmm....

This Ad dates to January 1st of 1987. I do know that the Hawaiian Fantasy Restaurant and Dinner Club (I like saying that:) ) were no longer listed in 1989 but I don't have any earlier dates as to their possible opening date or really any more info. This is what the building looks like now as the Esquimalt Bingo Palace:



You can definitely see some style to the building that has now been sterilized. It wouldn't be too hard to picture this place as a Hawaiian Dinner Club with some great neon, bamboo, dark wood trim and all the goodies!


Next up I have a Ad from the Outrigger Restaurant Ltd. which was located at 120 Commercial Street in Nanaimo, BC.



Not the best of Ad's but still evidence of Polynesian Restaurants on the Island! The building where this address would be, looks to be of new construction so I would say this is another place that was torn down and rebuilt. The address now is 101 Commercial as there looks to be no #120 at all.
The Ad dates from November of 1980. Here's what it looks like today:



No more info. on this one.


And to finish this off, this Ad with a great font jumped right off the page at me:



I seem to remember that font, and subject, used somewhere else as well but can't quite place it.
The Mai Tai boasts of "probably" (cause they weren't sure!) having "The Greatest Salad Bar On The Island"! Now how many Polynesian places can say that??!! The Mai Tai Dining Lounge was located at 6161 Genoa Bay in Duncan, BC. This Ad also dates from November of 1980.

The next Ad was really promising for this place:



I recognized that Tiki and Torch straight away! Stolen menu graphics from the Tahitian Restaurant in California!! This Ad is great as it shows quite an elaborate A-Frame Building with lot's of vegetation and boasting "The Island's Most Magnificent Waterfront Restaurant". Overall with the Mai Tai Font, Tiki and great building, this is a really cool Ad!! This Ad is dated from January of 1988 and I know this Restaurant was listed in 1989 as well but not in 1993.

Unfortunately, I could not find anything at that address or even the immediate area. Looks like the building is long gone now. This one will have to get some more research done on it.

Hopefully someone will do some searching and stumble across these places and maybe fill us in a bit.
That's it for now.
Mahalo, TabooDan



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-09-26 08:10 am   Permalink

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On 2009-06-05 17:34, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
Les Pins Hotel and Polynesian Kiko Bar in Granby, Quebec, Canada






I picked up this nice matchbook from the Les Pins Hotel featuring an image from the Kiko Bar



Love that french spelling - Bar Polynesien.


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Trader Tom
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Posted: 2011-11-03 2:48 pm   Permalink

Here's a very cool swizzle from the Cafe Hale Hakala in Montreal that I just picked up. Never seen one before.







 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-11-09 7:36 pm   Permalink

Trader Tom,

That is one cool swizzle spoon. It was obviously modeled after the matchbook art.




I got the matchbook and swizzle from the South Seas in Winnipeg that also use the same Palm tree imagery.








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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-07-05 10:50 pm   Permalink

Some more Canadian fun, the Aloha Lounge at the French Casino in Montreal.





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Dagg
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Posted: 2012-11-07 2:47 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-09-02 13:39, Eddy Brazil wrote:
Well, after repeated calls with no answer - and non-working numbers - Kitty and I decided to make it our mission to visit Rachelle's Vineyard. The two driveway gates (one of which luckily was unlocked) have bold warning signs "TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED". We drove in anyway, since the sunshine was out and we naively were looking for this B&B. I very much doubt this property - all 110 acres of it - ever operated as a bed and breakfast. It was probably listed on a B&B directory with the intention of opening, but - the way redundant info floats around in cyberspace - never did. The first (most likely original) Italianate house is vacant and half-boarded up. The huge property is dotted with land-locked boats (with people inhabiting them) and a variety of cottages and shanty-makeshift buildings that people are also living in. Instantly reminded me of a 1960s/70s commune or biker gang hangout. There is, however, a thriving vineyard on the property which is being professionally irrigated and maintained. Halfway down the dirt drive, we saw an old guy working on a piece of machinery. I stopped and got out of the car and told him I was looking for the Bayshore Trader Vic's which was supposedly barged here. He got a bit excited, in his French-Canadian accent, and said surely I could drive down the road/hill towards the shore - and I'd find it. No problem taking a look at it. He wasn't forthcoming with much info about who the owner is, etc - so I didn't push it (in case he changed his mind). The whole vibe, overall, was a bit shady. The fellow did say that the plan is to open it to the public in a couple of years. However, it appears unlikely that will happen anytime in the near future, judging from the clutter and condition of it.

Anyhow, here's the view as you approach it from the drive.









To Kitty's (and my) surprise, the door was unlocked - yet someone is certainly living here (it smelled of stale ciggies - and the clouded jar of pickled eggs on the still-intact bar counter stirred my appetite)! So, we trespassed some more...



Original door leading (I believe) to the kitchen - which likely was gutted and now appears to be a bedroom.


Mugs "Made Exclusively for Trader Vic's - Made in Japan" on the bar.


Old Vancouver Chinese newspapers (some adverts for Granville Street businesses in Chinese and English) decoupage-ing the corrugated section of the bar/entrance ceiling.




Flooring - which has yet to be properly installed (it's sitting atop the original floor) - was salvaged from Mayfair Lanes bowling alley when it was demolished a couple of years ago. I was told that the owner wants to invite friends over for ballroom dancing when it's completed.












Wonderful original real-shell wall sconces, and authentic tapa bark-cloth wall coverings.


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http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/capital_van_isl/story.html?id=aa31e7c5-7221-4c47-8b78-e12d199b1cf7

I wonder if he wants to sell some Trader Vic's stuff to help pay off his fine?? Maybe Ill drive out there this weekend...

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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2012-11-08 03:12 am   Permalink

This is both bizarre and amazing.

 
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Dagg
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Posted: 2012-11-08 10:31 am   Permalink

Its totally bizarre... and just a bit sad that such a cool piece of local Tiki history has ended up in the hands of (imo) a nut bar!
Ill head out there this weekend and leave a note by his driveway expressing my interest in possibly purchasing any stuff he might want to sell. Cant hurt (i hope)

Bonus, there are two thrift stores out that way that I haven't checked out yet
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2012-11-08 1:15 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-11-08 10:31, Dagg wrote:
Its totally bizarre... and just a bit sad that such a cool piece of local Tiki history has ended up in the hands of (imo) a nut bar!
Ill head out there this weekend and leave a note by his driveway expressing my interest in possibly purchasing any stuff he might want to sell. Cant hurt (i hope)

Bonus, there are two thrift stores out that way that I haven't checked out yet




If he's willing to part with that tiki on the bar, and you don't want it....

Good luck!


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-11-15 12:53 pm   Permalink

Dagg,

Any luck in your visit to the Trader Vic's building. To bad such an esteemed Tiki temple ended up in the hands of such a crazy person.

A few more images.





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Dagg
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Posted: 2012-11-15 1:20 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-11-15 12:53, Dustycajun wrote:
Dagg,

Any luck in your visit to the Trader Vic's building.

DC



I left a note with my cell # (on Sat) but haven't heard a thing. and to top it off the 3 thrift stores out that way were a bust as well.
I did get a set of five mugs from a thrift store downtown, so the day wasn't a total write off.




(edit to add aerial photo)



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Dagg
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Posted: 2013-04-11 1:19 pm   Permalink

searched, but couldn't find a TV's Vancouver thread in locating Tiki....

Stumbled across some old photos on the Vancouver Sun website.


Premier W.A.C. Bennett at Young Socred Dinner at Vancouverís Trader Vicís November 14 1970.
Photograph by: Glenn Baglo


Trader Vicís manager Jeff Yee with tall cool drinks on June 26, 1970.
Photograph by: George Diack


The famous doors at Vancouverís Trader Vicís, before it was closed in May 1999.
Photograph by: Steve Bosch



The interior of Vancouverís Trader Vicís before it was closed in May 1999.
Photograph by: Steve Bosch

apologies if these have been posted before.







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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-08-14 9:49 pm   Permalink

Great stuff Dagg!

A few more match covers I found from Canada.

The Bali Hi Polynesian Pub from Quebec.



And the Ricksha from Hamilton, Canada.




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