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McMenamin's in Tacoma, WA
beadtiki
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Posted: 2010-07-16 2:00 pm   Permalink

I just heard this morning that McMenamin's has purchased an old Elk's Club building in Tacoma, WA and is renovating it into one of their entertainment establishments, I don't think there is going to be a hotel in that one, but apparently they're puting in a "Tiki Bar." I've never been to one of their establishments so I don't know if they're any good or not or if they'll do a Buffett-style Tiki Bar or go for the real deal?! Anyone know anything about them?
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sputnikmoss
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Posted: 2010-07-16 2:31 pm   Permalink

A tiki bar! That will be a stretch from their usual. I wouldn't expect Buffet style at all. They tend to take cues from the buildings themselves and create themes based on their former uses. But they have a very distinct art style and you can always tell you are in one of their establishments. I can't wait to see what they come up with. Here is a link with photos of their places so you can get a little idea of what they look like.

http://www.mcmenamins.com/

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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2010-07-16 2:37 pm   Permalink

If McMinamins did tiki it probably would be smug frat boy creepy

 
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beadtiki
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Posted: 2010-07-16 3:21 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-07-16 14:37, Sophista-tiki wrote:
If McMinamins did tiki it probably would be smug frat boy creepy



That's what I'm afraid of. No reason to travel all the way to the Aroma of Tacoma if that's the case!
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woofmutt
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Posted: 2010-07-16 3:45 pm   Permalink

"If McMinamins did tiki it probably would be smug frat boy creepy"

All the McMenamins I've been in have been authentic feeling places full of ordinary folks of all ages. The staff in the Portland ones have always been nice. McMenamins beer is good (I brought a growler of one summer brew back from Portland years ago and my friend Sparky still goes on about it) and
McMenamins Penney's Gin is good, too.

McMenamins took over the Spar in Olympia and you'd never guess it was part of a chain.

I heard about the Tacoma Elks lodge deal a while back but nothing about a Tiki bar. A Tiki bar doesn't seem like a typical McMenamins establishment, they tend to be more like neighborhood joints. I would guess if they're doing a Tiki bar it wouldn't be a Tiki Bob's type mess. It could be really swell.




Tacoma Elks Lodge
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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2010-07-16 5:10 pm   Permalink

that sound encouraging and nothing like the McMinamins experiences ive had, Guess I havent been to the right ones.
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beadtiki
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Posted: 2010-07-16 10:08 pm   Permalink

Apparently that Tacoma one is supposed to have a pub, dining, dancing and the Tiki bar. Okay, one of you South-Enders is gonna have to check it out (you're closer!) when it finally opens. OR we could all take pilgrimage and check it out together! That building is pretty square but it's really neat looking. LOTS of potential.
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woofmutt
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Posted: 2010-07-16 10:48 pm   Permalink

What we ought to do is write McMenamins and suggest the not only do research on Tiki Central but register and solicit input.

Don't be afraid of Tacoma, it's a really cool place. Lots of interesting shops and none of the Seattle attitude. Also unlike Seattle they haven't torn down pert near every scrap of historic architecture. In Seattle the Elk's Lodge would have been flattened for another glass and brushed aluminum condo tower. (Studios starting from the low $200s!)
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beadtiki
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Posted: 2010-07-17 1:47 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-07-16 22:48, woofmutt wrote:
What we ought to do is write McMenamins and suggest the not only do research on Tiki Central but register and solicit input.

Don't be afraid of Tacoma, it's a really cool place. Lots of interesting shops and none of the Seattle attitude. Also unlike Seattle they haven't torn down pert near every scrap of historic architecture. In Seattle the Elk's Lodge would have been flattened for another glass and brushed aluminum condo tower. (Studios starting from the low $200s!)




No kidding! Seattle is so homogenized now it's unbearable. I weep whenever I see those public channel shows about "historic Seattle" - can you believe there was an indoor swimming pool/ice rink in the heart of the city at one time?!

I will venture down to T-town some day and check it out - it's just such a jaunt (I could double it with a bead excursion!).

And you're right - we SHOULD get McM's to do some research on here. Maybe I'll email them the address with a suggestion. Hey, if they do "authentic" where else will they get the input?
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beadtiki
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Posted: 2010-07-17 2:02 pm   Permalink

Okay - I did it! I sent them the URL for TC. I hope they at least take a look. Let's hope 'cause we could REALLY use an authentic-ish Tiki bar around here!
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2010-07-17 2:14 pm   Permalink

That's kinda cool, looks like the buy historical properties and convert them into hotels and bars but leaving the architecture of the buildings intact.

 
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beadtiki
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Posted: 2010-07-17 3:28 pm   Permalink

Yeah - they're converting an old schoolhouse near where I live as well - no tiki bar though
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-07-18 1:24 pm   Permalink

When contacting them, let's stress the fact that Tiki culture really is part of the Puget Sound area's history. Seattle, with its connection to Hawaii, Tacoma and the Navy town of Bremerton all had a slew of Tiki establishments and apartment complexes.

 
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dangergirl299
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Posted: 2010-07-18 2:56 pm   Permalink

McMenamin's is great!

 
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beadtiki
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Posted: 2010-07-18 7:54 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-07-18 13:24, bigbrotiki wrote:
When contacting them, let's stress the fact that Tiki culture really is part of the Puget Sound area's history. Seattle, with its connection to Hawaii, Tacoma and the Navy town of Bremerton all had a slew of Tiki establishments and apartment complexes.



I already sent them the link to TC so you may want to follow up with your own thoughts about the connection - I didn't think about that aspect.
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