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The Tiki Restaurant, Washington -or:, WA (restaurant)
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-06-19 11:54 am   Permalink

Name: The Tiki Restaurant
Type: restaurant
Street: Villa Plaza
City: Washington -or:
State: WA ?
Zip: unknown
country: USA
Phone: unknown
Status: unknown

Description:
I am researching this place, and the only lead for its location is that the flyer below was printed by the "Washington Poster Company". Does anyone know of this place, or have any matchbooks, postcards or menus from THE TIKI RESTAURANT at Villa Plaza in (I assume) Washington...?



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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-06-19 11:55 am   Permalink



 
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abstractiki
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From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2009-11-11 12:04 pm   Permalink

I found this big bro, i think its the place you are looking for.


Tacoma-Pierce County Buildings Index

"Displaying Record #48436
Address 10203 PLAZA DR. S.W., Lakewood
Built by 1963
Demolished
Style Registry?
Images?

Tiki Restaurant
-restaurant had the first Topl#ss dancing entertainment in Pierce County
TNT 1/21/1974 p.A1 Patron kills bouncer at Tiki
-----
Peking Restaurant
TNT 11/16/1978 Restaurant fire cause said arson

TNT = Tacoma News Tribune"



Villa Plaza Sign 1957

Series: A108624 Image#: 1 Date: 08-00-1957

"The massive Villa Plaza sign welcomed shoppers to the newest shopping center in Lakewood in the summer of 1957. Surrounded by small shrubs and constructed within a brick planter, the large neon letters beckoned customers to stop by and visit the center's numerous businesses."



 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-11-11 5:03 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-11-11 12:04, abstractiki wrote:

Tiki Restaurant-restaurant had the first Topless dancing entertainment in Pierce County
1/21/1974 p.A1 Patron kills bouncer at Tiki

Peking Restaurant
11/16/1978 Restaurant fire cause said arson



Wild: The devolution of Tiki in a nut shell: From Martin Denny -to topless dancing -to murder -to Chinese joint -to arson --lovely!
So those news clipping were just headlines, no articles with them?


 
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abstractiki
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Posted: 2009-11-11 7:28 pm   Permalink

yea, I wish the full articles were published, no photos either, just this photo of the plaza sign. The info in the comment was all i could get.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-11-12 09:43 am   Permalink

Anyway, thank you for pinning down the location of this place:

Lakewood, just South of Tacoma:

"A decade later, in 1958, the Villa Plaza Shopping Center was built on the site of Visitation Villa, a Catholic Girls’ School and retreat. Villa Plaza was later renovated to become the Lakewood Mall and has now been further expanded and upgraded to the current Lakewood Towne Center."


 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2012-02-04 9:38 pm   Permalink

Thought I'd post an image of a poster Bigbro put on another thread and a menu cover from the topless years.





The menu may soon be coming to me so I can scan it and see if there are any interior shots. It looks like there may be some bamboo in the background of one of the photos on the menu.

I've read the newspaper articles mentioned and there was no useful info or photos in them.

The Tiki was opened "by 1963" and was originally a respectable polynesian/tropical/tiki restaurant. A customer where I work, who's in his late 50's, went there many times when he was a boy. He recalls it having lots of tropical decor. When I talked to him later he said there were tiki carvings, bamboo and more, both times he told me about this was after a few pints though. Oddly it turns out his former father in law was one of those convicted of racketeering in the arsons and attempted murders associated with this location and others.
I've also talked to musicians from the 60's tacoma rock bands The Galaxies and The (fabulous) Wailers who played there but they don't remember much about the place. Some of the geezers who come in were I work recall the topless era but their studying of the "decor" didn't reach the walls, or maybe snickering impairs memory. That's all I've got so far.

edit, I forgot to mention that about 1979 I went to a bar (the Ram) next to the Tiki location. After I parked I looked up at the end of the building strip that these business' were in and saw what I recall as two, tiki like, masks painted on it along with the words, Tiki or Tikis restaurant. I went looking for it but only found the locked door to the Peking.

aloha, tikicoma

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-02-05 09:50 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-02-04 21:38, tikicoma wrote:
Edit:"....I forgot to mention that about 1979 I went to a bar (the Ram) next to the Tiki location. After I parked I looked up at the end of the building strip that these business' were in and saw what I recall as two, tiki like, masks painted on it along with the words, Tiki or Tikis restaurant. I went looking for it but only found the locked door to the Peking...."



Aaaah, Tiki ghost signs, an untapped chapter of urban archeology

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Ghost%20signs&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=1bsuT9PcA-_YiQLbpd3NCg&biw=1064&bih=506&sei=3rsuT-HcDoPUiALLgrXACg

They are just a few so far: The Chin Tiki, the Pago Pago in Chicago...and the ones I missed documenting: The Seven Seas, the Tiki Porn Theater...someone should start a thread on it!

Too bad, the one for the "Tiki Restaurant" would have been great! Tikicoma, that Martin Denny poster now graces the pages of my "Sound of Tiki" booklet, it was lent to me by a dedicated collector friend. When I first saw it, I thought it was fake - it was such cliche!

Oh, that stripper menu is fantastic!


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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2012-02-05 10:40 am   Permalink

Not sure if this is the same place, but it seems likely...

Topless makes it's debut at the Tiki (Hut) Restaurant...

Spokane Daily Chronicle December 7, 1966 (page 36)



Tri-City Herald December 8, 1966 (page 6)



Spokane Daily Chronicle December 8, 1966 (page 2)



-Tom


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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2012-05-21 8:40 pm   Permalink

First thing I've found from the Tiki, a matchbox. The letter exchange of the phone number, may have been used into the '70's around here, so no help in dating it.





aloha, tikicoma


 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2013-04-27 6:40 pm   Permalink

From a 1967 Seattle visitors guide...



Cantonese dancers? Oops dinners. OK I need new glasses (or eyes).



Nice tiki! This would be the year after It went topless (the restaurant not the tiki).

aloha, tikicoma


 
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Or Got Rum?
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Posted: 2013-04-27 6:48 pm   Permalink

Repeat pic...Wow...almost same time...good job Tikicoma

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JOHN-O
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From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2013-04-27 11:22 pm   Permalink

Wow, yet another example of bump 'n grind inside the Tiki bar.


(Left to right - Tiki Bob's, Zamboanga, Tropics)

The whole Tiki Revival burlesque crossover may indeed have a legitimate historical precedence. Yes?


 
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jzmurdock
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Posted: 2013-12-21 4:14 pm   Permalink

Quote:

TNT 1/21/1974 p.A1 Patron kills bouncer at Tiki



I am trying to find any and all information related to this topic.
Patron kills bouncer at Tiki

Who killed who? Why? Where exactly?

I'm researching a story on it.
Thanks.
JZ Murdock


 
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