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Luau, Mexico City, Mexico (restaurant)
Zeta
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Posted: 2009-03-17 03:22 am   Permalink

Name:Luau
Type:restaurant
Street:Niza 38
City:Mexico City
State:
Zip:
country:Mexico
Phone:5525 74 74
Status:operational

Description:
Exotic Cantonese food and Polynesian drinks.
Since 1957

Best Mai Tai in town...



 
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Zeta
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Posted: 2009-03-17 03:24 am   Permalink


Vintage matchbook from the Luau restaurant in Mexico City.


 
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Posted: 2009-04-08 07:09 am   Permalink


vintage matchbook


 
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Posted: 2010-01-05 12:28 am   Permalink

Modern Matchbook



 
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Posted: 2010-01-21 7:34 pm   Permalink

Present day swizzle stick from the Luau in Mexico city. Open since 1957

For trade. What does the lamp represent? What does the Chinese letters mean?
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-22 11:59 am   Permalink

Wow, talk about Tiki transmission tradition on that matchbook:

The Tiki on the left from Trader Vic's:




The Tiki on the right from Steve Crane's The Luau (anticipating it's liberal re-use in the Tiki revival!):


...and the LUAU font from Dobb's House (almost, but not quite):



But I have no idea where the lantern comes from!

So this place is still open, Jose? Is it all Chinese decor now?


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-01-22 12:34 pm   Permalink

Bigbro,

That's great, not one original item on the matchbook! Except for the lantern which actually matches the swizzle.

Love the transmission tradition.

DC

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Zeta
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Posted: 2010-01-22 12:37 pm   Permalink

Sven, the place is still open, (they did a big 50 year anniversary celebration). The place is mostly Chinese but you can see some remnants of it's Polynesian past.
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Zeta
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Posted: 2010-01-22 12:50 pm   Permalink

The Mai Tai is served in this mysterious drinking vessel.

The question that comes to my mind, as the ceramic collector that I am is:
Where did this came from?!
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Zeta
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Posted: 2010-01-22 1:20 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-01-22 12:34, Dustycajun wrote:
Bigbro,

That's great, not one original item on the matchbook! Except for the lantern which actually matches the swizzle.

Love the transmission tradition.

DC

[ This Message was edited by: Dustycajun 2010-01-22 12:36 ]



Love the transmission tradition too! One of the coolest things for an urban archaeologist is to discover the true origin of an image. In this matchbook I knew about the trader Vic's Maori tiki and I was not sure about the Steve Crane tiki but I think the typography for the LUAU logo could be a coincidence...

LUAU Bottom marking.

This is a new mug. Not vintage. Who did this? I know you are out there reading this.
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Posted: 2010-01-22 1:29 pm   Permalink

Fu Manchu LUAU Mexico mug

Where is this version of the mug from? Have anyone seen anything exactly like it? Who produced it?
I can get you any of this mugs if you want to trade, send me a personal message.
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Posted: 2010-01-23 04:46 am   Permalink


What about those two Chinese guys? What does it mean? Are they common? I guess so...
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Posted: 2010-01-23 3:18 pm   Permalink

Sorry, but I do not have enough photographic memory storage left for Chinese icons, it's all taken up by Tiki representations.

I agree about the Luau font, and have to concede that I was simplifying the facts a little. While the left Tiki is 100% Trader Vic logo Tiki, the fact that the one on the right almost looks like a photographic reproduction, and that, though my photo of it in the BOT has spawned a whole generation of take-offs in every medium possible...





...I actually have never seen a photo of the Tiki in situ at The Luau in Beverly Hills, only this menu illustration...




...which in conjunction with my Luau/Hanalei research made me realize its origin. So how did the Luau in Mexico city acquire an image of it? Well, it is possible that they actually owned that Tiki, since the carver (I have to ask Bob and Leroy for his name again) made several versions of this guy, here is one that was found up North (in Seattle?):



Looking at it now, this one looks even closer to the Luau matchbook rendition then the Steve Crane one. Damn, I have disproven myself once again!

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Zeta
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Posted: 2010-01-23 11:47 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Bigbro!
What do you think about this drinks? Any originals?

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Posted: 2010-01-24 07:55 am   Permalink

Trying to decipher THAT I feel like I drank them all already...
Well the "Canton" and "Chinatown" don't sound familiar, so they might be originals ....but that really is a Jeff Berry question.

By the way, this well-known Tiki that greets everyone that enters the Oceanic Arts warehouse (on the left in Hanford's photo) is by the same carver, you can tell by the nose and the ribbed border.



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