||Ren Clark's Polynesian Village, Ft. Worth, TX (restaurant)
Joined: Oct 14, 2008
From: Hercules, CA
|Posted: 2012-04-27 09:22 am  Permalink|
Found this here: http://law.onecle.com/texas/alcoholic/32.05.00.html
§ 32.05. LOCKER SYSTEM. The locker system of storage is a
system whereby the club rents a locker to a member in which he may
store alcoholic beverages for consumption by himself and his
guests. All alcoholic beverages stored at a club under the locker
system must be purchased and owned by the member individually.
Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 437, ch. 194, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.
Joined: Jan 05, 2003
From: Land of Cheese & Beer
|Posted: 2012-04-27 09:42 am  Permalink|
The longer I live in Texas, the odder I learn that it always has been! Especially when it comes to arcane liquor laws!
If you've got a drinking establishment with alcoholic drinks on the menu, wouldn't one think that the place would have/sell liquor on-premise!?! I'm thinking it must have been away to get around laws in the county/state at the time. Basically, "If you want one of our fabulous cocktails, bring along your own booze & we'll whip it up for you."
Thanks for digging that up!
Joined: Aug 24, 2006
From: Aboard the 'Leaky Tiki', Dallas
|Posted: 2012-04-28 8:13 pm  Permalink|
I talked about this pre-1971 quirk in the Texas liquor laws, in a post about some wording in the Dallas 'Ports O' Call' menu (from the 1960s).
[ This Message was edited by: Limbo Lizard 2012-05-01 09:44 ]
Grand Member (2 years)
Joined: Jul 31, 2006
From: Dallas, TX
|Posted: 2012-08-03 11:21 am  Permalink|
Just a quick update - Kenike and I are still working on our DFW tiki project after a bit of a hiatus, so we hope to be able to give a projected completion date sometime soon. In the meantime, I just thought you might enjoy a quick note about the various comments. That lobby postcard pic is a great one - I agree it's probably 1950s before the PV was built. The Western Hills Hotel was most definitely Western themed, right down to their "Branding Room" restaurant, complete with branding irons to mark your steak ("M" for medium, "MR" for medium rare, you get the picture). Right behind the reception desk area in the picture was the original "Key Club" area and "Ming & Jade Room" an Asian-themed bar (likely a Ren Clark choice, given his own interest in Asian culture) which also operated with liquor lockers for drinks. This tiny room, with its exotic theme, was likely a starting point for Clark's Polynesian Village which would open in 1960. The construction of the PV coincided with an expansion of the original hotel to include a vast new wing of rooms and the entire PV complex. The PV had its own separate entry, adjacent to the pool area, which also got a makeover with thatch-covered umbrellas, new torch lighting, and an A-frame entryway. You can make out some of these details in the advertisement was posted previously.
I revisited the site of the Western Hills Hotel the other year as part of my research. While I didn't expect to find much, the sight was pretty depressing -- a defunct grocery store and rental storage units now occupy the location where the Hotel and PV stood. The picture below marks the exact spot, give or take 50 feet, where the PV once stood. Urk.
Tied by my Mai Tai...
Joined: Jan 12, 2010
From: Venice, California
|Posted: 2013-01-16 7:21 pm  Permalink|
I found one of our menu holy grails very recently. It's even more striking in person! It's also much larger than I previously thought, measuring about 19" tall. Here are some quick snaps:
THE TIKIYAKI ORCHESTRA
FIBERGLASS JUNGLE on Luxuria
Joined: Apr 03, 2002
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
|Posted: Yesterday; 11:26 am  Permalink|
I found this interesting bit of image rip-off:
1967 menu from the Hawaiian Room in the Emerson Hotel.
Mai-Kai Memories Series Custom ceramic mugs!