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Trader Vic's (Benson Hotel), Portland, OR (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-06-13 09:14 am   Permalink

Name:Trader Vic's
Type:restaurant
Street:Benson Hotel
City:Portland
State:OR
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
The Trader Vic's located in Portland's Hotel Benson was the 7th restaurant in the TV chain. It opened as one of Vic's Outrigger restaurants in 1959 and closed in 1996.

Here is a postcard of the interior showing one of the more unique looking Trader Vics. Bigbro indicated that those are Barney West masks.



Here is a card showing the exterior of the Hotel Benson with the Trader Vics sign and a peak at the entrance.

A close-up.


A rendering of the entrance from and old TV scarf.




This location had a distinctive logo with the tiki and the entrance in a green color for the matchbook.



And the menu





DC



[ Edited by: Bora Boris - Changed Title. - 2012-03-14 18:21 ]


 
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Tiki Kupcake
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Joined: May 07, 2008
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2009-06-13 3:10 pm   Permalink

I'm so sad this is gone. There was some talk going around for a while that they were going to open a new TV's here. Unfortunately, that talk has died down.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-06-17 2:48 pm   Permalink

Here is the standard matchbook from Trader Vic's at the Hotel Benson.



DC


 
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arriano
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2009-06-18 09:32 am   Permalink

Is the Hotel Benson still around? And if so, what's in the Trader Vic's space currently?


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KeithH
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Joined: Feb 15, 2009
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2009-06-18 10:12 am   Permalink

The hotel is still there and the space now holds a nice steak house called El Goucho. yummy!

 
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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2009-06-18 10:31 am   Permalink

El Goucho has a Mai Tai on their menu. Nice!






 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-06-18 11:43 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-06-18 10:31, Bora Boris wrote:
El Goucho has a Mai Tai on their menu. Nice!



BB,
Nice find. What a cool tribute to the man. Trader Vic must be looking down from that great Peacock chair in the sky and smiling.


DC


 
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tikidon
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Joined: Oct 06, 2003
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From: portland OR
Posted: 2009-07-02 4:26 pm   Permalink

The blocks are still there!


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-07-03 04:37 am   Permalink

Cool! I could use those modernist patterns for my Look of Tiki book, which will have concrete block patterns from the Chin Tiki, the Mauna Loa and the Beverly Hills Traders in it.

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2009-09-03 12:03 am   Permalink

Here's a full-page photo from a program promoting Portland's brand-new Memorial Coliseum in 1960:









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Coco Joe
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Posted: 2009-09-03 12:23 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-09-03 00:03, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
Here's a full-page photo from a program promoting Portland's brand-new Memorial Coliseum in 1960:













reminds me of a place I've been recently


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-10-10 10:19 am   Permalink

Picked up a luncheon menu from the Trader Vic's at the Hotel Benson.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-11-01 09:08 am   Permalink

Just got another menu from the Trader Vic's at the Benson Hotel in Portland. They sure had a variety of menu covers here.





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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-09-04 11:37 am   Permalink

I was reading an article on Oregon Live about the new Trader Vic's in Portland and it had an interesting story about Bob Parsons, a manager at the first Trader Vic's restaurant. He was able to save some artifacts from the original location and has them displayed at his home in Portland. Here are some photos from the article.













Here is a link to the article.

http://www.oregonlive.com/dining/index.ssf/2011/07/trader_vics_brings_tiki_theme.html

Would be interesting to see what else Mr. Parsons has in this collection from the original restaurant.

DC


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-09-04 11:53 am   Permalink

That fish hanging shows up nicely in Sabu's photo On the right).




Also found another photo on Oregon Live from the original Trader Vic's in Portland. Check out those masks!




DC

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