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The Tropics, Beverly Hills, CA (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 5148
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-05-31 11:19 am   Permalink

Name:The Tropics
Type:restaurant
Street:421 N. Rodeo Drive
City:Beverly Hills
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
The Tropics was opened by Harry "Sugie" Sugarman in Beverly Hills in 1936. This was one of the earliest of the Pre-Polynesian Pop power houses that catered to the motion picture industry. The Tropics was purchased by Steven Crane and turned into the Luau in 1953, what a history.

I have the classic fold-out menu mailer with the three monkeys. There are several versions of this one.













I have also seen other items from The Tropics:

A souvenir photo with a nice view of the interior





A menu from the Chinese Buddha Room.




This is a cool advertising hand bill.



A close-up of the bamboo bar.




The bar looks similar to the first bar at the Luau, as scene in this postcard I have.



Here is an early photo of the exterior of the building after it became the Luau in 1953.



My understanding is that Sugarman opened a second Tropics in Hollywood.

DC



[ This Message was edited by: Dustycajun 2010-05-31 15:46 ]


 
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