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The Reef - Polynesian Lounge, Casper, WY (bar)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 5072
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-09-09 11:50 am   Permalink

Name:The Reef - Polynesian Lounge
Type:bar
Street:First and Center
City:Casper
State:WY
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
Billed as Wyoming's First Polynesian Lounge. A brief write up in Tiki Road Trip is all I could find on this one.





What great graphics on the matchbook.







DC




 
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TikiG
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 1560
From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2009-09-09 1:04 pm   Permalink

...and what a GREAT graphic on the matches themselves! DIG IT!

 
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Dustycajun
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Posts: 5072
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-02-05 12:05 am   Permalink

Another ebay artifact from the singular Tiki hot spot in Casper - A Plate!



I just noticed the address on the matchbook - First and Center. Sounds like school, or the army or something...

DC


 
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tikicoma
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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 17 days ago; 02:18 am   Permalink



The Reef Lounge had its grand opening 10/4/1961 and was opened and operated by Bill and Keith Asbell and Bill Markham.
"The First Polynesian Lounge in Wyoming" where you will be "Served in a Delightful South Sea Atmosphere"




Designed & installed by Clif and Lou Sawyer - Palm Springs. "known for their Tiki designs across the country."

"On the Center Street entrance there are two picture windows. The window to the left of the door contains a five-foot Tiki god standing amid jungle flowers and sea shells. To the right of the door stands an eight foot Tiki god. Above the door is a small shelf running the width of the building filled with rocks collected from Wyoming rock beds by local rockhound clubs"




About a year later (8/62) they opened the Surf Room the restaurant extension to the Reef Lounge.






Seen here with an outrigger canoe on its roof is the Reef Lounge in a photo believed to be from 1965.
The Reef is reported to have changed hands a couple of times, becoming the "New Reef Lounge" in 1976 closing in "78 soon to be replaced by a disco hall.

Swiped from a Facebook group.
https://oilcitywyo.com/backstory/2018/05/04/backstory-reef-lounge-gave-casper-taste-tiki/

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howlinowl
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Joined: Jul 20, 2008
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From: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Posted: 17 days ago; 1:35 pm   Permalink

Buildings gone.



howlinowl

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aquarj
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Joined: Apr 02, 2002
Posts: 1107
From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 15 days ago; 12:51 am   Permalink

Great info tikicoma! Here are some more pics...

Taking that photo from the website and zooming in to see the back of the room


That part of the room is shown here in more detail, and color!


And then turning around from roughly that same spot, we see the front entry and tiki


-Randy


 
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tikicoma
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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 15 days ago; 01:46 am   Permalink

Aquarj that's great stuff! Dusty told me a little about the research you two did on this and other places (and people) I can't wait to see it. Lets hope it can somehow be presented to tikifiles in a proper venue! It sounds like it will be an incredible story.

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aquarj
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Joined: Apr 02, 2002
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From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 15 days ago; 09:12 am   Permalink

Quote:
On 2018-05-09 01:46, tikicoma wrote:
I can't wait to see it. Lets hope it can somehow be presented to tikifiles in a proper venue! It sounds like it will be an incredible story.


I can't wait to *do* it! Well, apparently I can - things get busy. But yeah, it'll happen!

-Randy


 
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MaukaHale
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From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 14 days ago; 4:40 pm   Permalink

Great research, I like the pictures you found.


 
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