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Tiki Central Forums Locating Tiki Kona Kai Inn, La Crescenta, CA (restaurant)
Kona Kai Inn, La Crescenta, CA (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4241
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-01-06 2:59 pm   Permalink

Name:Kona Kai Inn
Type:restaurant
Street:3034 Foothill Blvd.
City:La Crescenta
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
I saw this matchbook on ebay a while back from the Kona Kai Inn located in La Crescenta. It was a polynesian themed restaurant owned by Vince Dundee, who apparently owned quite a bit of real estate in the area back in the day.





I found a little story on the Foothill Forums blog about the place:

\"The Scotch Mist\" was the restaurant Vince Dundee owned for at least a couple of decades. The Hawaiian themed restaurant (also owned by Dundee) was across the street adjacent to Christies Liquor (owned by---uh-huh---you guessed it....Dundee). The Hawaiian restaurant was called \"The Kona Kai\" and then became a local disco in the 70s---then burned down. Dundee still owns lots of properties in that area along Foothill Blvd.

Classic tale of Tiki de-evolution, it turned into a disco and burned to hell in the 70's! Seems like I have heard that story before.

Would be nice to find out a little more info on this place.

DC



 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2792
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2010-01-06 3:52 pm   Permalink

Beautiful font on that matchbook! And a nice abstract tiki to warm the heart of Bigbro too, I betcha.

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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11088
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-01-06 4:44 pm   Permalink

Indeed. More about that place here:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=16407&forum=1&start=15

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kirby
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Joined: May 04, 2005
Posts: 1600
From: SoCal
Posted: 2010-01-06 6:52 pm   Permalink

I cant be positive, Because I havent done "any" research but I heard a rumor that a trader joes will be moving in to that location. That would be a unique coincidence if it happens..

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4241
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-05-24 6:06 pm   Permalink

Found another matchbook from Vincent Dundee's Kona Kai Inn.



He also had the Scotch Mist restaurant.



And a Scotch Mist liquor store in Palm Springs.



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Joe Banks
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Joined: Aug 02, 2007
Posts: 555
From: An island in Catlandia
Posted: 2013-10-31 07:53 am   Permalink

Here ya go.....!



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spy-tiki
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Joined: May 11, 2003
Posts: 730
From: glendale, ca
Posted: 2013-11-01 4:20 pm   Permalink

From a few years back...

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=16407&forum=1&hilite=vince%20dundee

and related (just down the hill)...

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=32584&forum=2&hilite=vince%20dundee

I thought I had posted a couple of pics, but can't find them. All that was left at the time was the pole for the sign with some lava rock around the bottom.

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