FEATURES | MUSIC | BOOKS | DRINKS | FORUMS | GAMES | LINKS | ABOUT


advertise on Tiki Central

Celebrating classic and modern Polynesian Pop
  [Edit Profile]  [Edit Preferences]  [Search] [Sign Up]
[Personal Messages]  [Member List]  [Help/FAQ]  [Rules]  [Login]
Tiki Central Forums Collecting Tiki Don the Beachcomber - The Locations (Updated 11-22-10)
Goto page ( 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 Next Page )
Don the Beachcomber - The Locations (Updated 11-22-10)
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4074
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-10-24 4:24 pm   Permalink

I recently acquired a collection of matchbooks from different Don the Beachcombers. I started looking into how many locations there were and what paper items (matchbooks, postcards, menus) were around for each location. Based on the listings contained on the back of the more modern matchbooks and the information I found on the web, I compiled the following list of 30 locations plus two locations that were advertised but never existed. I have added the opening dates and addresses and reorganized them chronologically based on info from Sven's menu and the web.

1. Hollywood, California, 1934
Original location, 1722 N. McCadden Pl - named Don's Beachcomber Bar.

2. Hollywood, California, May 26, 1937
1727 N. McCadden Pl located across the street from the original.

3. Chicago, Illinois, May 1, 1940.
101 E. Walton Place

4. Waikiki, Hawaii - 1947
Kalakaua Avenue Don called this his Polynesian Village - built by Wimberly.

5. Palm Springs, California - 1953
1101 N. Palm Canyon Drive

6. Waikiki, Hawaii - 1957-58
Moved to the new International Market Place which Donn built.

7. Waikiki, Hawaii - 1961
Sells location (which becomes Dukes) and moves to the other side of International Market Place. The new location housed the famous Dagger Bar.

8. Las Vegas, Nevada - 1962
Sahara Hotel and Casino

9. St. Paul, Minnesota - 1966
St Paul Hilton

10. Corona Del Mar, California - 1969
3901 East Coast Highway

11. Marina Del Rey, California - 1970
13530 Bali Way, one of the round UFO buildings.

12. San Diego, California - 1970
1590 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island

13. Waikiki, Hawaii - 1971?
Moved to third location within the International Market Place at the Beachcomber Hotel.

14. Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii - early 1970s
Royal Lahaina Hotel, Kanaapali Beach

15. Dallas, Texas - 1974
8380 Meadow Rd., one of the round UFO buildings.

16. Oxnard, California - 1976
2615 Wagon Wheel Road, former Trade Winds restaurant site

17. Santa Clara, California
Stevens Creek Blvd., one of the round UFO buildings.

18. Houston, Texas
Gessner and Westheimer

19. Santa Barbara, California - 1977 to 1989 (based on my phone book research)
The Santa Barbara Inn 435 S. Milpas Street

20. Denver, Colorado - 1978 to 1982 (from Zulu Magoo)
Cosmopolitan Hotel, 18th and Broadway - moved in after Trader Vic's moved to the Hilton.

21. Malibu, California - After 1977
22878 Pacific Coast Highway, former Tonga Lei restaurant site.

22. Seattle, Washington

23. San Diego, California - 1980 (based on Sabu's ads)
Vacation Village

24. Aurora, Colorado - 1981 (from Zulu Magoo)
Ramada Inn the second location in the Denver area.

25. Denver, Colorado - 1986 to 1988(from Zulu Magoo)
Hilton Hotel, occupied the second Denver location vacated by Trader Vic's.

26. West Lafayette, Indiana

27. Disneyland California Adventure - 2001
Added per Tiki Kate's post - now closed

28. Don the Beachcomber Bar, Las Vegas - 2004 to 2006
Located at the Royal Star in The Venetian Hotel

29. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - 2005
Royal Kona Resort 75-5852 Alii Drive

30. Huntington Beach, California - 2009
16278 PCH, former Sam's Seafood Site


Never Existed

Manila
Singapore

I have also included Donn's Boats and his Encino House.

I think this is a complete list, let me know if there are some that I missed.

Now for the paper - I found something for 12 locations.

Hollywood
An interior postcard, artist rendering and a matchbook. The matchbook shows the original Don caricature.








Chicago
All I have is this old postcard with both Hollywood and Chicago on the front. Found nothing with just "Chicago".




Palm Springs
A matchbook with an illustration of the building.



Las Vegas
The only location to use the stylized beachcomber logo. Exterior and interior (who designed that!) postcards and a matchbook.









St. Paul
Two interior postcards.





Marina Del Rey
One of the famous spaceship buildings



Waikiki
Postcards with exterior courtyard and luau scenes featuring Donn Beach himself.





Dagger Bar
I had to throw in this menu I have from the Dagger Bar in Waikiki in honor of Martin Denny.






Lahaina
A matchbook from the new DTBC at the Royal Lahaina Hotel.


Corona Del Mar
A matchbook with an illustration of the building exterior.




San Diego - Harbor Island

This postcard provided by ZuluMagoo for the location on Harbor Island

1971

These matchbooks state a Vacation Village location that appears to be incorrect and was never really there (as reported by Bosko)






Dallas
An artist rendering (thanks to Sven) of another UFO building and a menu posted on a previous TC thread about the Dallas DTBC.





Kailua-Kona
I have this menu from Don's Mai Tai Bar located next to the DTBC restaurant as well as this picture from another post on TC.





So, we still need representation for the following locations:

San Jose/Santa Clara, California
Santa Barbara, California
Oxnard, California
Malibu, California
Denver, Colorado
Aurora, Colorado
Houston, Texas
Seattle, Washington
W. Lafayette, Indiana

Anybody got anything on these? Feel free to add more images if you have them.

DC


[ This Message was edited by: Dustycajun 2010-11-16 18:01 ]

[ This Message was edited by: Dustycajun 2010-11-22 21:25 ]


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
ZuluMagoo
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 468
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2008-10-24 8:51 pm   Permalink

Excellent idea DC. Here are some more from the Hollywood location.




















 
View Profile of ZuluMagoo Send a personal message to ZuluMagoo  Email ZuluMagoo     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
ZuluMagoo
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 468
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2008-10-24 8:56 pm   Permalink

Chicago











 
View Profile of ZuluMagoo Send a personal message to ZuluMagoo  Email ZuluMagoo     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
ZuluMagoo
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 468
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2008-10-24 9:04 pm   Permalink

Waikiki


















The last remants in the International Market Place before they dissappeared in 2006.


 
View Profile of ZuluMagoo Send a personal message to ZuluMagoo  Email ZuluMagoo     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
ZuluMagoo
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 468
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2008-10-24 9:08 pm   Permalink

San Diego

It was located on Harbor Island, just across the bay from the the Bali Hai over on Shelter Island.



1971


 
View Profile of ZuluMagoo Send a personal message to ZuluMagoo  Email ZuluMagoo     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
ZuluMagoo
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 468
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2008-10-24 9:12 pm   Permalink

Denver

Cosmopolitan Hotel - 1982





 
View Profile of ZuluMagoo Send a personal message to ZuluMagoo  Email ZuluMagoo     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4074
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-10-24 11:10 pm   Permalink

ZuluMagoo,

Wow, thanks for all of the great posts. I have always wanted to see what the Chicago, San Diego and Denver locations looked like. Only 9 more to go.

DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
TIKIBOSKO
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 17, 2004
Posts: 320
Posted: 2008-10-25 09:54 am   Permalink

Hey Zulu does your San Diego postcard have a post mark saying 1971!? Or how did did you come by the date?

Thanks

Bosko


 
View Profile of TIKIBOSKO Send a personal message to TIKIBOSKO  Goto the website of TIKIBOSKO     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11003
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-10-25 10:22 am   Permalink

Amazing record, guys, I have nothing to ad.

Maybe some dates:

1934 Don The Beachcomber opens in Hollywood
1940 Chicago opens, Don and Sunny divorce
1946 Don opens the Waikiki Beachcomber because Sunny Sund has taken over the mainland operations.
1953 Palm Springs opens
1958 Sunny sells out to Joe Drown and Paul Price of the Beverly Hills Hotel
1962 Las Vegas, Sahara, opens
1966 St.Paul, Hilton Hotel opens
1968 The chain is bought by the Getty Corporation
1969 Corona del Mar
1970 Marina Del Rey
1970 Harbor Island, San Diego

A lot of these dates are from a 1971 menu, so one would assume that all other places not mentioned here, like Dallas and Denver, opened AFTER 1970.

[ This Message was edited by: bigbrotiki 2008-10-25 10:25 ]


 
View Profile of bigbrotiki Send a personal message to bigbrotiki  Goto the website of bigbrotiki     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Bora Boris
Mr. Unreasonable

Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2533
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-10-25 11:17 am   Permalink

So besides Hollywood and Chicago it's possible that Donn never set foot in any other mainland location?

 
View Profile of Bora Boris Send a personal message to Bora Boris      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11003
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-10-25 12:58 pm   Permalink

Well, I believe he was kept on as an "advisor", and did get to see some of the early places. But he was not a business man, more a project inventor and gracious host, so he concentrated his energies on his Waikiki place, and the International Market place, and then later his "Hong Kong Lady" riverboat restaurant that sank in the Hong Kong harbor.
Interesting though that after he passed away in 1989, the Beachcomber chain folded one year later.


 
View Profile of bigbrotiki Send a personal message to bigbrotiki  Goto the website of bigbrotiki     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bongofury
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1529
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2008-10-25 6:31 pm   Permalink

More from Chicago...













The design submitted to the city by the new owners of the Trade Winds in Oxnard, Ca...




Coming soon...




Trade Winds/Don The Beachcomber exterior...







Interior shot of DTB Waikiki from the 1954 film "Hell's Half Acre" confirmed in the 1988 book "Hawaii In The Movies" The movie has about 10 minutes of interior & exterior shots. I recorded this to dvd from the Mystery channel a few years back.
Public Domain....no official release.





 
View Profile of bongofury Send a personal message to bongofury  Email bongofury     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4074
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-10-25 10:57 pm   Permalink

Bongofury,

Thanks for the great post! Cross Oxnard off the list, we're down to 8 locations to find paper on. Great matchbook from Marina Del Rey. Where are those images from Chicago from? Is that a postcard?

DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
ZuluMagoo
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 468
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2008-10-26 07:00 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-10-25 09:54, TIKIBOSKO wrote:
Hey Zulu does your San Diego postcard have a post mark saying 1971!? Or how did did you come by the date?

Thanks

Bosko



It was an auction from several years ago that I did not win. However the seller commented that it was postmarked 1971.


 
View Profile of ZuluMagoo Send a personal message to ZuluMagoo  Email ZuluMagoo     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
arriano
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1237
From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2008-10-26 08:33 am   Permalink

Does anyone know how many Don the Beachcomber restaurants were still around when the chain folded in 1990?



[ This Message was edited by: arriano 2010-05-27 15:09 ]


 
View Profile of arriano Send a personal message to arriano      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Goto page ( 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 Next Page )
U-Moderate:
  
v1.5

[ About Tiki Central | Contact Tiki Central | Advertise on Tiki Central ]
(c) 2000-2014 Tikiroom.com (tm), Tiki Central (tm)

Credits & copyright infomation