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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-09-29 5:54 pm   Permalink

Being a big fan of New Orleans and Cajun culture, I thought it only appropriate that I put together this collection of Tiki restaurants from the Bayou state of Louisiana.

This postcard is from the Hawaiian Luau Restaurant at Fontainebleau Motor Hotel in New Orleans. Look at all that stuff crammed into the rafters!




Here is a matchbook from the Hawaiian Luau Restaurant from Mimi Payne's collection.





I just got this postcard from the Bamboo Restaurant in Shreveport.




Check out the Tiki Lounge. That place was swinging!



These next two postcards are from the famous Bali Hai at the Beach Restaurant in New Orleans.






Also a matchbook from the Bali Hai at the Beach Restaurant






Some additional menu and mug items from the Bali Hai.



(This menu from Mimi Payne collection)







Here are a couple mugs that I have from the Huki Lau in the Metaire area of New Orleans. I have never seen any paper items from this place, has anyone else?















I would love to hear about other Tiki places in Louisiana.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

DC

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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2008-09-29 9:03 pm   Permalink

Another outstanding post, Dustycajun! Thank you, sincerely, for all the time you take to collect & share these images, I'm starting to develop a Pavlovian response every time I see you've posted something new.

Here's another Louisiana location I have in Critiki, this is an item from Mimi Payne's collection, which she added to Critiki:


Kon Tiki, Shreveport
A visitor to Critiki told me this place was open for ages, and only closed a few weeks ago. (!) I don't know much about it, though.


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-09-29 10:06 pm   Permalink

The sign of the Bamboo looks like it was a great one! Anybody know if it survived?

 
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2008-09-29 10:24 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-09-29 22:06, bigbrotiki wrote:
The sign of the Bamboo looks like it was a great one! Anybody know if it survived?



Brace yourself:




I'm sorry you had to see that. But who knows, maybe the sign was relocated?



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LOL Tiki
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Posted: 2008-09-29 10:38 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-29 21:03, Humuhumu wrote:
Another outstanding post, Dustycajun! Thank you, sincerely, for all the time you take to collect & share these images, I'm starting to develop a Pavlovian response every time I see you've posted something new.

Here's another Louisiana location I have in Critiki, this is an item from Mimi Payne's collection, which she added to Critiki:


Kon Tiki, Shreveport
A visitor to Critiki told me this place was open for ages, and only closed a few weeks ago. (!) I don't know much about it, though.






That looks like the Kahiki fireplace. I wonder if the matchbook manufacturer supplied both restaurants?

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-09-30 08:23 am   Permalink

Humuhumu,

Thanks for the kind words, I am glad you enjoy the posts. I have fun putting them together. Thanks also for posting the matchbook from the Kon Tiki in Shreveport. I had not heard about that one before. I checked on the web and found this article about the restaurant closing. What is it with the names of these Tiki restaurant owners anyway? Check Wing Joe!!

Kon Tiki Restaurant, Savoie's The Cajun Restaurant and On the Border Grill and Cantina are making changes and, in some cases, closing altogether.

Kon Tiki will shut down Friday and reopen in early September as a Trejo's Mexican Restaurant. After 38 years in business, Kon Tiki, 5815 Youree Drive, will reopen as the fifth Trejo's Mexican Restaurant in the Shreveport-Bossier City area.

Former owner Check Wing Joe said it is time for him to move on. "My body just can't handle it anymore. Thirty-eight years is a long time. It's time to pass the baton to someone else."

Unlike Don's Seafood & Steakhouse, a Shreveport restaurant closing because of poor sales, Joe said he feels like he is leaving on his own terms.

"It's been a great ride. The people have been great. We had a lot of good, loyal customers."

Bev Martin is one of them. "It's a wonderful atmosphere, and the people who go there are absolutely fabulous," she said of Kon Tiki. Martin and her friends frequent Kon Tiki weekly. Lately, the restaurant has provided entertainment Thursday nights. "We really didn't need to have entertainment," Martin said. "Each individual is entertainment in their own right." Martin said she is sad to see Kon Tiki close. "It's the end of an era. The building may still be there, but the moments and mood will definitely be different."


Here is a picture of the restaurant interior from the article.



 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2008-09-30 10:48 am   Permalink

sad news....now when is the auction for all the decor????!!!!!

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-09-30 12:50 pm   Permalink

Bigbro,

Here is a close up of the sign from The Bamboo restaurant in Shreveport, a beauty indeed. Sad to see it gone.




Here is a photo from google streets of the recently closed Kon Tiki in Shreveport that Humuhumu posted. Not much in the way of a building but again a pretty cool sign. Would suspect that it too will be demo'd.




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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2008-09-30 8:03 pm   Permalink

and then i found this on the web......





there was another picture of the same sign, but an earlier incarnation...probably the 1970's from the look of the font, but it was an unsupported file so i could not use it here.....this version of the sign was probably the last before they closed..looks to be about 1980's revamp....



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-10-04 12:18 pm   Permalink

I found another old Tiki place in New Orleans on Mimi Payne's website. It is The Outrigger Bar and Lounge that was once located at the Sheraton-Charles Hotel.

Here is the great menu.








From the back cover of menu " Komo Mai, Now Ka Hale ( Come in, the house is yours)."

"Delightful island custom. Enchanted invitation. We echo it whole-heartedly, because we want this visit to be the memorable fore-runner of many pleasant "voyages" to this tropical paradise. And for the sheer joy of it, go native in this climate of Eden...sip those exotic island drinks."

"By the way, before that native mood sets in completely, you may order your favorite American cocktail, too. Aloha"





 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2008-10-04 1:15 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-10-04 12:18, Dustycajun wrote:
I found another old Tiki place in New Orleans on Mimi Payne's website. It is The Outrigger Bar and Lounge that was once located at the Sheraton-Charles Hotel.

Here is the great menu.








From the back cover of menu " Komo Mai, Now Ka Hale ( Come in, the house is yours)."

"Delightful island custom. Enchanted invitation. We echo it whole-heartedly, because we want this visit to be the memorable fore-runner of many pleasant "voyages" to this tropical paradise. And for the sheer joy of it, go native in this climate of Eden...sip those exotic island drinks."

"By the way, before that native mood sets in completely, you may order your favorite American cocktail, too. Aloha"







I beleive this was a Dinkler Hotel, who also had the Surf Rider in their Nashville and Alabama hotels and who did the Luau in Atlanta which later became the Dobb's House Luau cahin.


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-10-04 5:00 pm   Permalink

Dang Swanky,

You are the master of knowledge on the Dinkler Hotel chain. Nice call on this one. A quick check on ebay found the hotel postcard that indeed confirms it is a "Dinkler Entertainment" hotel. Too bad that the card does not have the interior bar shot like the other Surfrider Lounge postcards.





This swizzle stick from The Outrigger is also on ebay.











DC


 
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2008-10-04 6:04 pm   Permalink

Dusty, I just came across this thread. Big thanks for spending the time to put it together. I love threads like this. It's like Tiki Central of old. Wish I had something to contribute to this one, but I'll be content to enjoy the eye candy.

 
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shiverbones
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Posted: 2008-10-05 9:23 pm   Permalink

Great Thread! I live in New Orleans, so I have a special place in my heart for their tiki history. Never knew about the outrigger before. It's amazing how easy it is to find tiki mugs down here, every time I go out I find something new. The culture must have been huge here in it's heydey. A few tougher local pieces I have found are the 1st version of the "Ponchartrain Beach Comber" mug & a Huki Lau Swizzle from Metairie (Next door suburb). I'll try to get some pics up.

The other good thing about New Orleans, is Many of the asian restaurants still sell tropical drinks in tiki mugs! You can have Sushi & sip a zombie out of an orchids mug. too cool!

I am attaching a pic of a recent rattan/ bamboo piece I found down here. Usually this sort of stuff is common at flea markets, but just too beat up.





 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-01-12 8:54 pm   Permalink

Came across this menu from the Hawaiian Luau Restaurant at Fontainebleau Motor Hotel on Mike's Tiki Gallery web page. Same graphics as the matchbook.



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