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The Tahitian, Pasadena, CA (restaurant)
Tom Slick
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Joined: Aug 26, 2005
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From: The Beaches of South Bay, SoCal
Posted: 2009-01-06 10:13 am   Permalink

Name:The Tahitian
Type:restaurant
Street:137 So. Lake Ave.
City:Pasadena
State:CA
Zip:91101
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
Only open for Lunch Monday through Saturday 11:00am-2:30pm and from 3:00pm until 11:00pm for Sunday Dinner. They served Cantonese and American styled luncheons and dinners.



 
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Tom Slick
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From: The Beaches of South Bay, SoCal
Posted: 2009-01-06 10:16 am   Permalink





 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-07-02 1:30 pm   Permalink

Here are some additional items from the Tahitian. One of my favorite menu covers.












DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-07-06 9:13 pm   Permalink

A nice napkin.




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Tom Slick
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From: The Beaches of South Bay, SoCal
Posted: 2009-07-07 9:29 pm   Permalink

sweet DC...you seem to have quite a collection! Thank you for sharing! The napkin looks as if it has tribal embossing?

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-08-31 10:06 pm   Permalink

I picked up a business card from The Tahitian. These are always nice to find.



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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-12-07 12:19 pm   Permalink

I had read that the Tahitian in Pasadena was the first of the two restaurants to open, with the Studio City location following. I picked up a matchbook that has just the Studio City location listed on the front, suggesting otherwise. First time I have seen one of these with a single location.



Here is the back of the matchbook compared to the one with both locations.



It looks like they just added the Pasadena location to the design further suggesting that Studio City was first.


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Tattoo
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Joined: Sep 24, 2005
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2011-07-14 4:28 pm   Permalink

A pink lamp in the image of the Bumatay carving from the front of their menu.



There's a picture of a green version on page 152 in the Book of Tiki.

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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-07-14 9:31 pm   Permalink

Aaah, quite a rare artifact! Judging by its color, it's entirely possible it came from the infamous Tropicana Lanes in Inglewood:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=28732&forum=1&vpost=387227






This thread should also not be without Bai's spectacular NEW Tahitian mug!:


(here in my "Paris Tiki" altar)



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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-07-16 4:11 pm   Permalink

I just got this fantastic tri-fold postcard mailer from the Tahitian restaurant in Studio City. This thing is big and looks like brand new.



This is a holy grail piece with never-before-seen photos of the interior and exterior of the restaurant. Some close ups.

First up, the killer bar area.


The cool fireplace room. Looks like Strikow Tikis overhead of the fireplace.


The dinning room and buffet areas.


The luau set up.


The banquet room with a great wall mural.



And finally, the amazing exterior shot, just oozing with Tiki Modern. The carved outrigger beams, the ultra-mod tiki torches, the fishnet float lights, and the sign.


You can get a glimpse of two large Tikis by the front and back doors. They look like they could be Bumatay carvings.




Here is the information on the back of the mailer. They really had it all going on, from banquets to Luaus and even a continental Tiki buffet!






This is one of the coolest items I have found in a long, long, time.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-07-16 5:12 pm   Permalink

I love having paper ephemera pop up that I didn't even know existed. Cool fireplace, and major Tiki Spoon and Fork redemption

It's a bit low on the TYPSY scale, and the overall look is one of a Luau party banquet room, nice, but not too much money spent on serious carvings of the higher O.A. range, or elaborate landscaping like interior/exterior waterfalls. I would venture a guess that there was another restaurant in there before.

Nevertheless, great to see interiors and the exterior that I have never seen before, good find! Thanks for the scans and zoom-ins.


 
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arriano
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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2012-07-17 08:44 am   Permalink

This good news is the Ventura location was replaced by a shopping center, and the Pasadena location was replaced by a parking lot. Hurray!

 
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WestADad
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Joined: Mar 31, 2009
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From: Tornado Alley
Posted: 2012-07-17 09:02 am   Permalink

Fantastic bar shot, thanks DC!



 
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Tattoo
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2012-08-19 4:15 pm   Permalink

Great mailer DC! And for me it answers the question of the origin of the pink Bumatay Lamp.







It seems the pink version of the lamp was used at the Studio City location and can also be seen in the other interior shots of the restaurant. I guess the green version was used at the Pasadena location.

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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2012-09-08 10:05 am   Permalink

Looks like someone made a youtube clip from the Studio City post card.

The Tahitian Studio City, CA.


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