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Saxony South Seas, Milwaukee, WI (restaurant)
Mo-Eye
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From: Costa Mesa, CA
Posted: 2009-07-24 04:31 am   Permalink

Name:Saxony South Seas
Type:restaurant
Street:8825 North Lake Drive
City:Milwaukee
State:WI
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

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Mo-Eye
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Posted: 2009-07-24 04:35 am   Permalink

Not a whole lot of info, but I found that this restaurant had a bad fire in 1954, killing 2 employees, then another fire on January 28 1961, which destroyed the building during the end of a Polynesian themed remodel. A spokesperson said that the Saxony will be rebuilt again in the Polynesian theme.

Looking at google maps, there is still a restaurant at this location.

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Posted: 2009-07-26 03:18 am   Permalink

I found another mention of this place that confirms that is did re-open as Polynesian after the 1961 fire, but in October 1964 was in the process of changing to American cuisine.
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Mo-Eye
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Posted: 2009-07-26 04:11 am   Permalink

Just found a great Oct. 25 1961 article about this place. They re-opened in early September after the January fire.

The Saxony South Seas boasted authentic South Seas decoration, including 48 carvings of various sizes from exotic places such as Samoa, Tahiti and Hawaii. Behind the bar stood a massive 1300 pound Tiki idol, while the back bar was inlaid with mother of pearl - 3000 pieces - all hand inlaid, weighing 65 pounds. The manager Richard Tierney said the restaurant incorporates what the management considered the best elements of famous Polynesian restaurants throughout the country. "We used native materials, imported trough a San Francisco agent, then refined the atmosphere to what we thought would be attractive to our Milwaukee patrons." The restaurant sat 170.

Leon Garces was the Filipino chef who came from the Beachcomber's in Chicago. "The forte of the bar, of course, is rum drinks. Most come in exotic containers, such as the Tonga, called a sorcerer's blend and served in a ceramic miniature Easter Island figure. The Volcano is served in a real coconut and consists of gin, brandy, rum and pineapple juice, garnished with an orchid.

Here's a great ad for the place from the same newspaper



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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 2009-07-26 06:39 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-07-26 04:11, Mo-Eye wrote:
...then refined the atmosphere to what we thought would be attractive to our Milwaukee patrons."



PBR and Old Style on tap? Stuffed squirrels wearing lederhosen and smoking cigarettes in a glass case? A big jar of pickled turkey gizzards?

Disclaimer: I kid because I was born in Milwaukee....

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Posted: 2009-07-26 1:53 pm   Permalink

Here's another 1962 ad.



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Tiki-Kate
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Posted: 2009-10-28 5:12 pm   Permalink

Swizzle


Matchbook


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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-10-28 5:38 pm   Permalink

That is one killer swizzle Kate! I'd love to find one of those.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-10-28 5:40 pm   Permalink

Great matchbook too!

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-10-28 11:39 pm   Permalink

How funny: In Germany, people from Saxony are traditionally pegged for being very spendthrift, in a Jack Benny sort of a way, which seems to go against the concept of a voluminous Polynesian repast.

 
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croe67
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Posted: 2011-09-09 4:03 pm   Permalink

Just found a few of these swizzles in a bundle of misc. swizzles at a local antique mall

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-11-09 7:22 pm   Permalink

croe67 was kind enough to trade me one of the gold swizzles and I was lucky to find another blue one.



One of my favorite Tiki swizzles.

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croe67
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Posted: 2011-11-09 7:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-11-09 19:22, Dustycajun wrote:
croe67 was kind enough to trade me one of the gold swizzles and I was lucky to find another blue one.



One of my favorite Tiki swizzles.

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Cool!! I guess one attracts another


 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2011-11-13 10:12 pm   Permalink

I know the location well... in the 70's, 80's and 90's it was Pandl's of Bayside.

Had no idea that such a paradise had once stood on that property.

I did some digging in the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel and came up with this...

April 27, 1963



Same article, slightly larger type...





1962



I'm going to try to swing by the village of Bayside library or city hall to see if there might be a path to follow for photos.



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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2011-11-14 02:28 am   Permalink

The October 25, 1961 article that Max was quoting from his above post..



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