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Luau Room, St Petersburg, FL (restaurant)
TikiGardener
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Posted: 2009-05-14 12:38 pm   Permalink

Name:Luau Room
Type:restaurant
Street:5250 Gulf Blvd.
City:St Petersburg
State:FL
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

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The luau room and its Bali Hi Lounge (Rotating! No Less!) Sounds like another unknown gem...




From The Evening Independent - May 7, 1982



The Evening Independent - Mar 12, 1976


Look at that entrance! Man, hotels had it down back then!

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-05-14 4:22 pm   Permalink

And look at that crown of what appear to be totally extraneous outrigger beams! Oh man, banjo music in the revolving Bali Hai Lounge --wish I could have experienced that meeting of Space Age, Polynesia and Folk!

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-05-14 5:56 pm   Permalink

TikiGardener - sorry about messing up on the previous references to you on this post.

Here is a nice postcard rendering I have from the Hitlon Inn in St. Petersburg Beach.


The back of the card with references to the the Luau Room, Aekai, and Bali Hi restaurants.



DC


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Mo-Eye
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Posted: 2009-05-20 02:50 am   Permalink

Here's another ad from 1975 announcing their new Tahitian Revue




This place seemed to have a pretty long life span. I found mention of it as early as 1963, and it was still alive in the 80's.
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pa'akiki
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Posted: 2009-05-31 06:22 am   Permalink

I looked over this post and thought how cool this hotel was. Then on taking a closer look I have to thank you guys for helping me put a location to a menu we have. here are the black and gold menus from the restaurants.







 
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Offenbach
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Posted: 2010-11-09 08:52 am   Permalink

The Hilton on St. Pete Beach, now the Grand Plaza Hotel, is still in operation; its outside appearance remains much the same. The observation elevator still takes patrons to the rotating restaurant/lounge on the top floor - but it no longer "sports" a polynesian theme. The food is good and the view from "up top" is simply spectacular. But I wish it had remained the Bali Hi lounge.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-11-09 09:35 am   Permalink

Wow, that is good news. The outriggers still look great!:



Looks like they messed with the outline of the building a bit by extending the elevator to the top floor, and unfortunately the swooping A-Frame porte cochere is gone and replaced by something in Taco bell-Tuscany style, as is the case so often.



 
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Offenbach
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Posted: 2010-11-11 06:54 am   Permalink

One added bit of info: the Polynesian Putter putt-putt golf course is also still in operation about a block or so away from the Grand Plaza on the opposite side of the street as you head south (next to IHOP).

 
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abstractiki
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From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2010-11-11 07:54 am   Permalink

Thanks for the tip Offenbach.

The Polynesian Putter has its own thread started by Capt'n Skully in 2005. Unfortunately all the pictures have disappeared. I will post some new ones and update the thread.


 
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A Frame
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Posted: 2012-01-17 6:01 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-01-17 16:22, Dustycajun wrote:
A-Frame,

Another nice find from the family treasure. There is a thread for the Luau Room that was started by Mo-Eye. You should post that brochure there as well.

DC



Thanks for the heads up DC, I didn't search Luau Room first!

My dad grew up in St. Pete and must have gone back in the 80's to visit, I found this Hilton Inn brochure dated 1981 among some old paperwork he kept for years.







 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-01-17 9:14 pm   Permalink

Interesting, at this point in time both restaurants already looked halfway towards a fern bar. I dig the lava rock platform, but they might have thrown out the "dust catchers" (more Beachcomber lamps) and Tikis during a renovation by that time. I believe that's how quite a few Tiki temples faded away: Slowly, gradually (instead of ripping it all out at once), morphing from the golden bamboo and rattan look to the open weave fabrics and beige/brown woodsiness of 80s America.



It was such an imperceptible process of homogenization that by the end of it folks had no memory of why a place had seemed cool to them in the first place. The great forgetting of Tiki was complete.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-17 10:44 pm   Permalink

Bigbro,

Good observation, I was wondering why the restaurant scene didn't look quite right -ferns hanging from the ceiling (that should be another Bamboo Ben-ism - NO FERNS)!

Here is another ad for the Luau Room with a cool looking rendering from above.




DC



 
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leekitiki
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Posted: 2012-01-30 5:22 pm   Permalink

Oh boy did I enjoy this thread about the luau room and the bali hi lounge. I remember staying at this hotel when I was 7 or 8 and my family went to the Luau room for dinner. I remember my Dad got a tropical drink and I think it was in a moai head glass. I would love to get a hold of one of the mugs from that restaurant. I would even be satisfied with a photo of one. I am 42 years old and just by seeing these pictures brings back so much memory. I feel like I was there last week. Live on Tiki goodness. Any pictures of the mugs would be so fun to see.
Lovin this Thread.

leekitiki


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-01-31 7:49 pm   Permalink

Leekitiki,

Any family photos around from when you went there? You should check around.

Here is an aerial photo from the SKY, a great look to the modern building lines.




DC


 
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