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Trader Vic's, Detroit, MI (restaurant)
Chub
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Joined: Jan 26, 2005
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2009-03-12 11:03 pm   Permalink

Name:Trader Vic's
Type:restaurant
Street:1539 Washington Blvd.
City:Detroit
State:MI
Zip:48226
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
This Trader Vic's location was on the ground floor of the Statler-Hilton Hotel in downtown Detroit. The entire hotel was razed in 2005.



 
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Chub
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2009-03-12 11:06 pm   Permalink

Pictures from Wayne State Collection



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Chub
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2009-03-13 12:06 am   Permalink

Post card

This next pic is from the
www.forgottenmichigan.com site. I believe this to be the Chinese ovens.

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arriano
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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2009-03-13 09:25 am   Permalink

Out of curiosity, what's at this site now? I'm betting on a parking lot.


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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-03-13 11:39 am   Permalink

Chub,

Nice post. First time that I have seen the TV in Detroit. Please tell me it is not a parking lot!

DC


 
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Chub
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2009-03-13 11:58 am   Permalink

Since 2005, it's been nothing but a dirt lot. Not even used for parking as far as I know.

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arriano
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2009-03-13 2:14 pm   Permalink

Well, thank goodness they tore it down then.



 
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uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2009-03-13 3:29 pm   Permalink

Chub. Thanks for posting those great Michigan images. Keep up the great work.

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TabooDan
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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
Posts: 641
From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2009-03-13 5:27 pm   Permalink

Hey Nice one Chub!! Cool to see as I have only heard of it and had never seen anything on it before.

Glad it has a home on here now.
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mudbone
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Joined: Nov 12, 2008
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From: michigan
Posted: 2009-03-13 5:35 pm   Permalink

From all us people from Detroit, thanks Chub. Most of us don't know what the golden age of Tiki was like in Detroit.Warm tropical breezes, tikis,rum drinks,hula girls,I guess we will never know.

 
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uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2010-06-26 07:01 am   Permalink

Here is a small matchbook from my collection.


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Chub
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2010-06-28 10:07 am   Permalink

Nice matchbook Uncle Trav. Strangely, I never came across one of those while living in Detroit.
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-06-28 10:42 am   Permalink

Hey, I had missed this thread somehow. Looks like this Vic's had two nice and simple Barney West entrance Tikis, amazing what you can pull out of the shadows still (wish I knew how to save the zoom in):



Too bad that the second B&W pic was framed right between the two Tikis! I mean what was that photographer thinking!


 
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Chub
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2010-06-28 11:13 am   Permalink

Don't know if this really that much better, but I tried...



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Java Jim
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Joined: Jul 19, 2010
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2010-07-26 1:58 pm   Permalink

Wow! I would have never even DREAMED we had a Trader Vics in Detroit!!! Thank you for posting that!

 
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