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Billingsley's Outrigger, Laguna Beach, CA (restaurant)
Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
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From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-06-04 11:09 am   Permalink

Name:Billingsley's Outrigger
Type:restaurant
Street:1465 South Coast Boulevard
City:Laguna Beach
State:CA
Zip:92651
country:USA
Phone:(714) 494-6574
Status:defunct

Description:
Billingley's Outrigger in Laguna Beach was located in the Surf and Sand Hotel. While the restaurant has been replaced, the Surf and Sand stills stands at 1555 South Coast Highway.

Research shows that Glenn Billingsley's first restaurant opened in Los Angeles in 1946 and was called The Golden Bull. At one point Glenn had seven Golden Bull restaurants, three Outriggers and the catering business for Continental Airlines according to the article I read. The original Billingsley's is still open in LA.



 
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Tiki-Kate
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From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-06-04 11:10 am   Permalink

Here's my Billingsley's Outrigger menu. Unfortunately, it's too large for my scanner.






This is a souvenir menu from Arkiva Tropika.



Three different matchbooks.




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uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2009-06-04 11:18 am   Permalink

WOW!! Tiki-Kate you are fire. Great collection and great research.

 
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2009-06-04 12:15 pm   Permalink

Nice post Kate.Always wondered what their menu looked like.Great find Kate!
I have an ashtray and matches , but not that rare menu.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-06-04 12:32 pm   Permalink

Yeah that blue one is a killer!
You can also find the first, abstract modern one on page 301 of Tiki Modern. Note that the "name inside the outrigger graphic" is taken from the sign on the building, BOT page 170. The menu illustrations (p.171) are taken from both, the classic Trader Vic's, and the Don The Beachcomber menus.


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-06-05 09:49 am   Permalink

Wow Kate, I'm having a hard time keeping up with your new posts!

Great Outrigger menus. Been trying to find one of those for years.

I have a postcard showing the outside of the Surf and Sand Hotel and the Outrigger Restaurant.



Here is a close-up of that great Outrigger sign.


This is another postcard that shows the interior and exterior of the restaurant.




Here is yet another style matchbook I have that shows the older style logo for the restaurant.



DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-06-05 12:05 pm   Permalink

A while back someone posted a photo of the building today, and of course it was completely stripped of all lava rock and Bamboo. But the key building elements were still there, proving how "cosmetic" a lot these features were.

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-06-05 12:50 pm   Permalink




 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-06-05 12:52 pm   Permalink

Trav,

Damn that is a sad sight.

DC


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-06-05 12:59 pm   Permalink

Sad indeed Dusty. From beautiful style to bland crap. That image is from google street views. I may be out of work at the moment but I can still pilot the Tiki Satellite from mission control here in Kazoo.

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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-06-15 4:04 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-06-04 11:09, Tiki-Kate wrote:
Research shows that Glenn Billingsley's first restaurant opened in Los Angeles in 1946 and was called The Golden Bull. At one point Glenn had seven Golden Bull restaurants, three Outriggers and the catering business for Continental Airlines according to the article I read. The original Billingsley's is still open in LA.



Glenn Billingsley had another restaurant in Hollywood - probably in the pre-tiki poly pop era - called the Cafe Tropics. Spotted this matchbook on ebay, that's how I know.





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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-08-06 6:18 pm   Permalink

Here is an ashtray from the Outrigger from Critiki.





 
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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
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From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-09-21 5:56 pm   Permalink

I found this matchbook showing, or at least narrowing down, the location of another Billingley's Outrigger restaurant. It also mentions that the Jamaica Inn was Polynesian.



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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-04-20 10:57 pm   Permalink

Here is a fun illustrated postcard from Billingsley's original Cafe Tropics in Hollywood I saw on ebay. Really shows that he started by following the early pre-Tiki lead from Don, Vic and Suggie and kept going later with the Outrigger restaurants.







Some great lines on this one!

DC


 
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kahalakruzer
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From: Dana Point! California
Posted: 2010-10-06 6:17 pm   Permalink

I found out about the Billingsley's Outrigger the other day while reading through Remixed. All I can say is wow. I drive by the Surf and Sand every day, and had NO idea of how good it looked in it's former life. I guess Laguna's still got the Royal Hawaiian...kind of. :/
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