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Trader Vic's, Oakland, CA (restaurant)
Trad'r Bill
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From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2009-08-18 9:50 pm   Permalink

Name:Trader Vic's
Type:restaurant
Street:6500 San Pablo Avenue
City:Oakland
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
This is the original Trader Vic's restaurant, formerly "Hinky Dink's" which was founded by Victor Jules Bergeron in 1934. After a trip to Southern California, "Trader Vic" Bergeron decided to change the decor and name of his restaurant:
"We went to a place called the South Seas that doesn't exist anymore and even visited Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood. In fact, I even bought some stuff from Don the Beachcomber. When I got back to Oakland and told my wife about what I had seen, we agreed to change the name of our restaurant and change the decor. We decided that Hinky Dinks was a junky name and that the place should be named after someone we could tell a story about. My wife suggested Trader Vic's because I was always making a trade with someone. Fine, I became Trader Vic."




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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2009-08-19 12:47 am   Permalink





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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2009-08-19 12:56 am   Permalink



GI and his wife at TV's Oakland the night before he left for duty overseas (1945) from Uncle Trav's find at
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=33597&forum=5&7

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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2009-08-19 01:16 am   Permalink



 
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2009-10-30 10:33 am   Permalink

From the August 1950 issue of Holiday Magazine:





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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2009-10-30 10:51 am   Permalink

Another from Holiday Magazine:



(I found these in the tikiroom gallery)


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-10-30 8:27 pm   Permalink

Trad'r Bill,

Great photos, here's an old matchbook.



DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-10-30 9:49 pm   Permalink

Here is postcard showing the main dining room overlooking the Chinese Ovens.





DC


 
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2009-10-31 11:40 pm   Permalink

Nice postcard DC - I've never seen that one.

Here's another matchbook:


 
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2009-11-07 10:53 pm   Permalink













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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-11-19 2:43 pm   Permalink

Here is the other drink menu mailer from the Oakland Trader Vic's that shows the famous cartoon style drink menu cover.










DC

(extra copy 4 sale on ebay)


 
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2009-11-21 6:18 pm   Permalink

I just bagged this one on Ebay:





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Trad'r Bill
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2009-11-25 2:24 pm   Permalink

Time to post my Menus from this location:










 
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2010-02-28 12:24 am   Permalink

Here's a couple more I wanted to post:

Photo I snagged of a photo hanging in the TVs warehouse:


...great look on the Trader's face here:


...and a pretty clear shot of the famous sawfish rostrum (which now hangs in the Emeryville TV):


This shot of the bar also shows the sawfish rostrum:


Great artist's rendering in this porcelain tile (which I just lost in auction):


-Trad'r Bill

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