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Madame Wong's, Los Angeles, CA (restaurant)
Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2010-09-15 9:57 pm   Permalink

Nice post Chub,

I hope we can find some Polynesian images to support the ads claim. Ive got nothing on the interior but Ill keep looking.



I thought Madam Wongs had become
Grandstar which according to Ocea Otica makes a decent Suffering Bastard (with the gerkin /cucumber garnish) but its in the next building over from the Madam Wongs address.

I hope Tony Marsico can chime in on this as I think he may have also spent some late 70s early 80s time there and maybe he could remember any hints of a Polynesian atmosphere?

Tony!


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Chub
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2010-09-15 10:02 pm   Permalink

Thanks Hakalugi, now we're getting somewhere. So according to the ad, they offered Luaus as well. hmmm...
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TikiG
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From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2010-09-15 10:10 pm   Permalink

Madame Wongs - either venue - was known first and foremost by my group of underage hooligans as a place you would get served liquor - and usually not get carded if you made it past the front door.

I went there for that purpose initially, later to see friends perform in a band situation. I went to Madame Wongs in '79 for my initial visit when I got my first driver's license. And let me tell you, Madame Wong up close in person was pretty scary/freaky in those days. She usually made the rounds and talked with us. Don't remember anything Poly-Pop, just Chinese kitsch...and strong drinks.


 
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JOHN-O
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From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2010-09-15 10:13 pm   Permalink

Holy Shit !!

Not to derail this thread but does anyone remember the classic Yee Mee Loo bar in Chinatown ??

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=22181&forum=2

The old-school Chinese bartender there (who always sported the same 1970's-style haircut) who later moved on to the Good Luck Bar. He passed away 5 days ago !!

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/183563


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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2010-09-15 10:35 pm   Permalink

Ok here we go - some Chinese lamps and Sting going native.








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ron-tiki
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2010-09-17 1:15 pm   Permalink

THERE WAS A MADAME WONGS WEST ON WILSHIRE BL IN SANTA MONICA/ WEST L.A...CRAPPY OLD DECOR WITH A UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS TO IT.. A LOT OF PUNK BAND S AND HOOLIGANS ALRIGHT..GOOD TIMES

 
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Chub
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2012-04-30 9:46 pm   Permalink

Here is a very interesting article that just came out on the history of Madame Wong's. We now know what the Polynesian connection for the restaurant was, before it became a rock venue. According to the article, Madame Wong's husband was Hawaiian. Read more here...
http://www.laweekly.com/2012-04-26/music/madame-wong-esther-wong-hong-kong-cafe/
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