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Don the Beachcomber - The Locations (Updated 11-22-10)
Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-11-10 5:29 pm   Permalink

Trader Bill,

Nice find on the menu. Looking forward to a better scan. Interesting to see the last 4 locations which I had never heard of before. I am pretty sure the last three never existed, but the location in Peoria is interesting in that it lists an actual hotel. It also does not list Seattle, makes you wonder if that one was real. Maybe some Tiki field agents in that area could take a trip to the library for some research.

It wouldn't be the first time that menus listed places that never opened like the famous Ports of Half Moon Bay Island example from Shelter Island in San Diego.




I also had posted this ad from 1981 when the Don the Beachcomber corp. was looking to open restaurants in Florida.




Cool to see the two locations in the Denver area. According to Zulu Magoo, the Cosmopolitan Hotel location closed in 1984 and the Aroura location operated from 1981 to 1986.

Picked up this little beauty today, a Don the Beachcomber "credit card"





Very cool, never seen one of these before.

Thinking of Art today.

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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-11-11 01:52 am   Permalink

"...A Noggin full of rum and 15 days to pay!"



NIce! This is earlier in the thread.


 
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2012-12-16 09:45 am   Permalink



My cousins hanging out at the tree house.

This would be my Aunt Bungy's Family.

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Posted: 2012-12-16 10:09 am   Permalink


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-01-03 4:59 pm   Permalink

Bamboo Ben,

Great family photo at the treehouse, thanks for sharing that.

I just picked up this super old postcard of the original Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood.



What a difference a few decades and mature landscape make!





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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2013-01-04 9:35 pm   Permalink

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SuperEight
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Posted: 2013-01-08 12:05 am   Permalink

Damn I really hope someone finally finds some photos of the Santa Clara location.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-01-11 5:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-01-08 00:05, SuperEight wrote:
Damn I really hope someone finally finds some photos of the Santa Clara location.



The San Jose and Santa Clara libraries are not to far from Palo Alto my friend! Would love to see that as well.

Just got another old postcard from the original Waikiki location, this one shows the Crossroads Bazaar building.








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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-01-13 07:49 am   Permalink

Just scored this great old photo of a couple of hip dudes in front of the Don the Beachcomber's entrance at the International Marketplace.



Nice photo showing the sign, Tiki poles and that fernwood Tiki that is so hard to photograph.


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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2013-01-13 10:23 am   Permalink

Aloha DC,

Wonderful pic, but I'd say predates the Marketplace development. It's as part of the "3 Grass Shack" Beachcomber restaurant. 1946-57 (Located [about where Macy's is/Liberty House was built] on Kalakaua Avenue)
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-01-14 5:45 pm   Permalink

Phillip,

Well of course it is, thanks for the correction. Interesting to see the sign change from the early days. I guess Donn needed to go a little more "corporate" with the logo.




Found this photo on-line showing the exterior of the Don the Beachcomber located on Harbor Island in San Diego. First photo I have seen other than the postcard. Those were some serious Tiki torches.








Finally an ad from the second Don The Beachcomber located in Denver at the Ramada Hotel


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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2013-01-14 5:49 pm   Permalink

Does anyone have photos of the Corona del Mar, Ca. location?
I think it closed in the very early 1960s.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-01-14 9:02 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-01-14 17:49, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
Does anyone have photos of the Corona del Mar, Ca. location?
I think it closed in the very early 1960s.



ATP,

The Corona Del Mar location opened in 1969 and lasted through the 1970's. Here is a close up of the matchbook rendering.



A great looking place with that soaring A-Frame port-cochere that included a Tiki torch. Reminds me of the Half Moon Inn. It would be great to see a photo.

DC


 
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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2013-01-14 10:02 pm   Permalink

I know it was there through 1977-78 and I think it lasted into the early eighties 81-82?

Here's a placemat image I nabbed from ebay a while ago.




The credit under the image says "Condesco Incorporated designers"



It's now a retirement community but the circular driveway still exists.


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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2013-01-15 12:03 am   Permalink

It's funny I lived there all through that time & that is the one Tiki place
my family did not go to, I can't even remember it being there into the 1970s
& we used to eat at the "Five Crowns" restaurant that was right next to it
yet we had many dinners at the Maui Don's in the 70s.


 
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