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Trader Vic's, St. Louis, MO (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-09-11 5:55 pm   Permalink

Found a few photos of the great entrance to the Trader Vic's at the Bel Air East.

This one really gives you some perspective on the scale of the massive A-Frame entrance.



And a photo of the entrance from the street with the Barney West Tikis.





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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2014-09-11 9:20 pm   Permalink

Man those Tikis were huge. What ever happened to them !? And that A-frame on that building - classic example of the meeting of modern and primitive.

 
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Johnny Dollar
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From: Columbus, Ohiya
Posted: 2014-09-12 05:59 am   Permalink

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On 2014-09-11 17:55, Dustycajun wrote:




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On 2011-01-01 11:20, Johnny Dollar wrote:
ok as promised, here are my photos - i figure these as from 1999 / 2000.

"CLUB MISSISSIPPI COVE" on the entry doors lintel - don't know if that was contemporary with the original restaurant.



hm... i am now really curious about the story behind the "CLUB MISSISSIPPI COVE" signage...
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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2014-09-12 11:48 am   Permalink

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On 2014-09-11 21:20, bigbrotiki wrote:
Man those Tikis were huge.



i asked my dad if he remembered the tikis and if he remembered them being carved wood, and he said
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I remember the tikis but did not look at them closely for materials.



 
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Tiki Shaker
  

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From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2017-07-09 4:42 pm   Permalink

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Tiki Shaker
  

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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2017-08-12 09:23 am   Permalink

scroll past the Mainlander for article about Trader Vic's St. Louis:

http://www.losttables.com/tiki/tiki.htm

the author claims the opening was on December 5, 1963.
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 6 days ago; 09:55 am   Permalink

Another photo of the Barney West entrance Tikis.



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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 3 days ago; 8:18 pm   Permalink

Good find! Now...take a couple of steps back, go a little to the right, and you got the perfect shot of ALL three Tikis, and the A-frame between them!

Why does that not exist? Probably because that ideal position is in the middle of the street, and no one wanted to get hit by a car. But it's doable, I've done it: Wait for a lull in traffic walk out, get the shot, and jump back on the curb. Repeat till you got it.

I would say it is pretty certain that the Ku in the back is the same one that Barney is proudly posing with in this photo in my new tome The Art of Tiki:






 
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