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The Islander, Los Angeles, CA (restaurant)
mrsmiley
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Posted: 2009-01-22 10:36 pm   Permalink

The weird thing is, Hubert was in that same Life magazine article!


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-01-23 5:07 pm   Permalink

Here are some scans from the inside of the drink menu from the Islander. It is one of the best ones out there in terms of the art and graphics. I think it even had a full two page spread in the BOT.







Here is the drink list.



Here are the PuPus.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-02-06 11:44 am   Permalink

I managed to pick up one of those oversized postcards showing the interior of the Islander Restaurant that I posted earlier! I made some blow-ups of the four photos from the card so we can see the interior with more detail. What a cool place this was!













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Dyna
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Posted: 2009-02-07 9:41 pm   Permalink

When I 1st moved here to the land of LA I remember this place being called "Bloody Mary's" before Acapulco got a hold of it and turned it into the 80's monstrosity it became. I guess they were just trying to keep up with the bigger 80's monstrosity down the street-The Beverly Center! Aren't we lucky to have 2 such fine examples of 80's architecture within walking distance of each other?!


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-02-15 10:18 am   Permalink

I came across some old publicity shots of celebrities dining at the Islander.

A couple of Sebastian Cabot and his wife. Check out the signature mug.







This is Pamela Mason from KABC served by Joe Tino



James Mason. Check out the outfit on the waiter in the background - nice pants!




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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2009-02-18 8:26 pm   Permalink

The bearded man holding the signature mug is NOT Sabastian Cabot.

But that IS Cabot in the photo below that one.

Ah -- I have great memories of dining there as a kid! ESPECIALLY of the spectacular torch-flanked entrance at night! I get chills just thinkin' about it!

And that pic of James Mason makes me feel particularly at home & nostalgic because James played my father in a film we did together in France. He was a total delight to work with and to know, and I miss him much!

Cheers!


 
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donhonyc
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Posted: 2009-02-18 9:06 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-02-18 20:26, KreepyTiki wrote:
The bearded man holding the signature mug is NOT Sabastian Cabot.




Correct. I believe it's actually E-Z listening trumpeter Al Hirt.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-02-18 9:46 pm   Permalink

KreepyTiki and Donhonyc,

Thanks for the corrections, sorry for the mix-up. ARGHH. I can't believe that I would blow the ID on Al Hirt, the legend from New Orleans. Too fast with the fingers.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-08-28 11:00 am   Permalink

I just scored a nice little souvenir food menu from The Islander.



The food selection looks wonderful. Must have been quite an experience.







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Tiki-Kate
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Posted: 2009-09-21 5:46 pm   Permalink

This strange postcard caught my eye this weekend.

It's a montage of famous restaurant signs along La Cienega.



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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2010-05-07 12:53 pm   Permalink

Couple I found in a 1961 Dodgers scorecard magazine..


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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2010-11-02 10:58 pm   Permalink

The Rockford Files: Season 1 episode 1. Backlash of the Hunter, Part 1 with Lindsay Wagner and The Islander!


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-01-22 1:25 pm   Permalink

Here is another Islander ad from a great brochure that Coco Joe found for LA restaurants.



It's like the food menu I posted, only for drinks. Makes you think that there is a matching souvenir drink menu out there too.




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-12-06 12:55 pm   Permalink

I scored a small souvenir food menu from the Islander.

Great art on the cover.



Some nifty graphics on the menu pages.









Also a napkin from Archiva Tropika.




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congawa
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Posted: 2012-02-01 11:11 pm   Permalink

I don't know if this has been posted elsewhere on TC, but I just heard (from Alison Martino of VIntage LA) that what little remained of the Islander building, and more importantly the palm trees and vegetation (which stood out like a sore thumb, saying "there used to be a Tiki restaurant here!") were all leveled about a month ago. A medical building is going up in its place. Too bad they couldn't incorporate the palm trees into the new building. If you want to see the last shots of the trees and building, check Google Maps because it's still there.

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