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Billingsley's Outrigger, Laguna Beach, CA (restaurant)
Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2010-10-06 10:30 pm   Permalink

So what year did the Outrigger close?

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-01-13 1:46 pm   Permalink

Scored an ashtray from the Outrigger Restaurant with the Surf and Sand Hotel and The Towers logos on it as well.



DC


 
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2011-01-13 5:28 pm   Permalink

Nice ashtray DC...

I just came across this thread... looks great. The inside was *thick* with decor.

Hey do you still have this postcard?


Could you post a close-up of the right side? Looks like some big Witco... Male Dancer, Female Dancer, and a shield w/spears.

Thanks
Trad'r Bill


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-01-13 8:54 pm   Permalink

Trad'r Bill,

Here is a close up of the Witco figures and the spear and shield.




Those Witcos must of have been huge - like 7-footers!


The spear and shield does not look like a Witco design, more of a knock of from Trader Vic's

Or even Vagabond's House.



DC


 
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2011-01-13 10:36 pm   Permalink

Thanks DC-

Yeah, when you zoom in, the shield/spears are clearly not witco...
Those witco figures *are* big... I recently scored a 6-foot bongo player and male dancer (no female unfortunately). It's hard to tell, but those look even bigger. I wonder if they were custom...

Here's
bigbro's post of them from the catalog:



Trad'r Bill

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-01-14 1:47 pm   Permalink

Bill, they made those dancers in two sizes for a while, normal and large.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-03-19 2:37 pm   Permalink

I finally found one of the postcards showing the inside of the Outrigger and scanned some close ups.










The back of the card is a little different than the one I posted earlier - it advertises Popo as the bartender at the Tiki Bar.





Beachbum Berry has a story on Popo in The Book of Tiki - he started at the Luau, won a drink contest and moved to Kelbo's - which used his name on this custom mug.







Popo ended up at The Outrigger after Kelbo's.


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-03-21 10:57 pm   Permalink

After THAT he moved up to some Coffee shop restaurant bar up near the Grapevine...Jeff Berry remembers.

Popo really held reign at the Outrigger, I pictured a section of his cocktail menu in the BOT on page 171
Funny that Jeff wrote about him in that chapter winning "another one of those dubious cocktail competitions". We both could not fathom back then that 10 years later, Mr.Berry himself would sit in the judge's seat at many of those events!

But in retrospect, the Outrigger's cocktail menu, beyond the award-boasting, shows a mixologist's dedication and know how of the craft which I feel compelled to share here. The illustrations are all swiped from Don's and Vic's menus, but the text is a great time capsule of the genre:







This guy knew what he was doing. Do NOT look at the prices - or weep!


 
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2011-03-22 09:58 am   Permalink

That's a great pledge at the end. One we should ALL follow!

And don't get too weepy about those "low" prices. A $2 Zombie in 1959 is the equivalent of $15 today, which is a tad on the high side of what you might pay today for one (where you can find ones worth buying that is).


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-03-23 09:10 am   Permalink

I know I know, you are being too rational, Rob! I just like going down the list of all these yummy concoctions, reading "One Dolla, one Dolla, one Dolla..." One can dream!

But the level of Polynesian pop poetry in this menu is really amazing, Popo is using ALL the elements of cocktail menu elaboration here:

History and myth of cocktail origins , knowledge of different rums, spirits, and syrups, use of flowery speech, even new word creations: "Bibulation Exotica! " That's not even in the dictionary!

I'm gonna steal that for my new mug and its cocktail! I wonder how influential Popo's pop poetry was...


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-03-23 4:49 pm   Permalink

Popo was THE Poly-Pop Poet!

Anybody know what the U.K.G.B. Cocktail competition stands for?

DC


 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2011-03-23 6:03 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-03-19 14:37, Dustycajun wrote:

The back of the card is a little different than the one I posted earlier - it advertises Popo as the bartender at the Tiki Bar.



Beachbum Berry has a story on Popo in The Book of Tiki - he started at the Luau, won a drink contest and moved to Kelbo's - which used his name on this custom mug.



Popo ended up at The Outrigger after Kelbo's.

DC



What's the deal with this "POPO" guy again??? I know he was a bartender but does anyone have anything else him? Are we sure that this is his name on the mug? Maybe he made...ceramics too?
I find it a bit strange to have a bartenders name on a mug especially since they moved around alot. Owners names maybe but bartender?
Although, I really don't have any other idea what else this would mean on the mug, just wondering if maybe something has been overlooked.

Any additional info. would be great! I did Google PoPo but only see these TC threads.

Mahalo, TabooDan

Edited because I gotta use spell check more!

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-03-24 8:56 pm   Permalink

Say, Dan, who slipped that "Doubting Thomas" Mickey Finn in YOUR cocktail? I was always under the impression that the BOT had sufficiently established that the top mixologists were stars in their own right, like some of the D.J.'s of today. Popo was such a star so why shouldn't his moniker be on a mug?

Jeff Berry put Popo's cocktails into Intoxica...



and into Taboo Table...



...and here is some info on him from the Bum's Remixed:


See?: "He inspired awe amongst his peers!"


 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2011-04-02 12:33 pm   Permalink

Ask and you shall receive!! Thanks alot Sven! That's exactly what I was looking for. I guess it was a bit of a "Doubting Thomas" shot I had!!

I'm sort of embarrassed to admit it but, besides Sippin' Safari, I don't have the three books you mentioned by Jeff Berry so I missed the write up's about Popo. Thanks for kicking me in the ass and setting me straight!!


I guess the reason I was wondering was quite a few years ago while starting to collect things from the Tonga Room, in San Francisco, I picked up a few items from another Restaurant that was located in the Fairmont Hotel called Al Williams Papagayo Room.

Named for the many Parrots that were the restaurant's trademark, the Papagayo Room entertained luminaries from 1945 to 1961. Guests included Frank Sinatra, Mae West, Jack Benny, Marilyn Monroe and Nat King Cole, as well as politicians, dignitaries and ordinary people. Al Williams was the son of a pioneer aviator who fought with Pancho Villa.

Nelson Rockefeller, who had a taste of Al Williams cooking while on a trip to Mexico, prodded Al and his wife, Katharine to open the Papagayo Room in 1945 and it was not long before the likes of Judy Garland, Clark Gable and Bob Hope turned the Papagayo Room into a San Francisco destination.

One of the items I picked up from the Papagayo Room was this rare mug:



It's almost identical to the one posted earlier from Kelbo's.

Here's the side with the name POPO:



Maybe he did a stint here as well?

This is why I was asking a little bit about Popo. Maybe this was his exclusive mug design and where he went it went with him? I wonder if there are any other mugs out there from other establishments he worked in?

Thanks again!!
TabooDan


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-04-03 07:07 am   Permalink

Aaah, well if there ever was a good reason, than this is one. I had no idea. I cannot see him going up to S.F., but as we know from Tiki Bob's mug, mug makers did pander off some very specifically logo-ed designs to other drinkerias sometimes. For sure, the combination of the words "Popo" and "Kelbo's" cannot be a coincidence.

 
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