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Carroll's Reef and Tiki Room, Kent, WA (restaurant)
Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-11-05 11:37 pm   Permalink

Name:Carroll's Reef and Tiki Room
Type:restaurant
Street:1001 East Valley Highway
City:Kent
State:WA
Zip:98031
country:USA
Phone:852-5422
Status:defunct

Description:
Carroll's Reef and Tiki Room offered banquet rooms and catering service and boasted ample free parking.



 
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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-11-05 11:38 pm   Permalink

Again, all I know about Carroll's Reef and Tiki Room is what the matchbook has told me.



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woofmutt
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 2605
From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2011-10-04 1:23 pm   Permalink



Seattle Times August 9, 1963


 
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tikicoma
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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
Posts: 433
From: wakinekona
Posted: 2012-06-23 12:57 pm   Permalink

From the West Seattle Herald 1/18/1962,

"Mother's hobby assists son in new business"


As you might have guessed the article is focused on hobby
ceramics not The Reef. They did mention that the restaurant
had been recently opened.


aloha, tikicoma


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11251
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-06-24 06:02 am   Permalink

Excellent findings! As mentioned before, home ceramics was a huge hobby in the 50s, especially amongst old ladies, so this makes sense.



 
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tikicoma
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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
Posts: 433
From: wakinekona
Posted: 21 days ago; 01:49 am   Permalink

Recently I've met a lady who was a polynesian dancer at the Reef as early as May 1962.
Her name is Tani. (all photos taken at the Reef)


Though she had previously performed modern dance at Stanford U. she first learned to hula in the Seattle area at the YMCA and over the years continued to add to her repertoire from dancers on islands across Polynesia.


She told me that the Reef was small and so was the stage, you can see it's just a spot that two dancers barely can perform on.


It was her first professional hula gig (here doing a Hilo Hattie style comic hula) and before long she put a troop together (Tani and the South Sea Islanders) and they started performing at the Golden Door in Seattle, a gig that lasted fifteen years.


She seemed to recall that the Reef wasn't open long and may have closed after a fire.
Forgive the bad photos, but I was taking shots of pictures with bad lighting.

aloha, tikicoma


 
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