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The Reef, Long Beach, CA (restaurant)
Chris Berry
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Posted: 2011-04-22 11:10 am   Permalink

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On 2011-04-20 17:22, bigbrotiki wrote:
Nice, Chris. Man, how about that rendering in image number 3, WHO has that now!?



I don't know -- I wish we did! I haven't been over to the Reef in quite a while, so I'm not sure how much historical stuff they have over there; my memory is not much, probably because of the fire. If I find anything more I'll post it here.
Chris


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-04-22 7:35 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-04-20 17:22, bigbrotiki wrote:

I think Oceanic Arts has a giant postcard that shows exteriors of all of them - but the Reef is always obscured by lotsa foliage.



This rings a bell... I grabbed some images of two large postcards many years ago and was not sure where they were from. They have to be from the various Specialty Group restaurants that included The Reef, Ports of Call, Pieces of Eight, etc. The A-frame in the second one is a dead ringer for the picture that Chris Berry posted.

They were numbered and the back of the card had descriptions of each scene.





It would be nice to see some better scans of these two beauties from the OA archives.

DC


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-07-17 12:33 pm   Permalink

It's been a good week for paper, just got another super hard to find postcard mailer with some great photos of The Reef in Long Beach. It is a double oversized postcard that also features the Ports o Call restaurant in San Pedro.



Here is the back of the card that provides a numbered description of each photo so you can keep score!


The close ups of The Reef card.

First up, an exterior shot of the entrance.



Close up of the Tiki.


Next, the Tiki Lounge (I don't see any Tikis though?)



The Tonga Room (where have I heard that name before?)



The Polynesian Luau area that accommodates 1,500 people?



And views of the SS Princes paddle wheeler and the Long Beach skyline.



Here is a nice rendering of the building from the back of the card.


It looks like they may actually have had the row boat and anchor in the ground out front as shown on the menus.


A map showing both The Reef and the Ports o Call.



And finally the description on the back of the card.



I posted the other part of the card in the Ports o Call thread.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=35858&forum=2&start=15&hilite=ports o call

What a beauty!


DC


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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-07-18 7:17 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-04-28 23:29, bigbrotiki wrote:
It clearly proves that there were various carvers involved with the Reef, lookey 'ere:



This definitely is the Tiki Andres Bumatay was carving when this article (unfortunately folded) was published, (which is the missing link to my Bumatay page in the BOT)






The postcard I just got just missed showing the Bumatay Tiki which was obscured by the damned ship photo. You can see the top of the Tiki. Now who has that photo?





DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-07-18 9:36 pm   Permalink

Dang! You're right! Classic armchair archeology! The crossed palms are there, too! I bet they had their own story, also....

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-06-19 5:18 pm   Permalink

Got this matchbook showing nice use of rope lettering font from The Reef.



DC


 
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kiara
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Joined: Apr 06, 2005
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Posted: 2013-06-20 9:15 pm   Permalink

Here's an old snapshot taken in front of the Reef. Nice shot of their wonderful tiki.



 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-01-22 8:15 pm   Permalink

Today's find





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Worst sound ever, slurp of an empty tiki mug through my straw!!!


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-06-10 9:10 pm   Permalink

A few news stories from The Reef.

The entertainment for a Tamaaraa.


And an upcoming Luau.


DC


 
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