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The Hurricane, San Francisco, CA (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-02-02 6:55 pm   Permalink

Name:The Hurricane
Type:restaurant
Street:533 Pacific Street
City:San Francisco
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
This is another one of the Pre-Tiki bars that used the name "The Hurricane", presumably modeled after the popular South Seas movie of the same name staring Dorthy Lamour and Jon Hall. This one was owned by Burt Rovere.

I have this menu from the bar.



The lure of the Tropics indeed.

Some the the tropical drinks, some different names here.




The food choices, and the Rum of the house ... Ronrico.



Looks like Burt had a few other restaurants as well.



I grabbed images of this matchbook that shows the bamboo exterior. Anybody heard of the "International Settlement" before? The address changed from 533 Pacfic Street on the menu to 535 Pacific Avenue on the matchbook, hmmm.





Finally here is a napkin I tried for on ebay. They changed the look of the logo wahinee, going tropical and topless!





DC




 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-02-03 08:35 am   Permalink

I knew that I had seen the International Settlement in San Francisco somewhere before. I have this postcard that I got after Sabu posted in on the Pago Pago thread showing the entrance to the International Settlement and the Pago restaurant.



The house of Zombie.



Looks there were a couple of Pre-tiki joints there.

DC


 
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Joshua Bell
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2011-02-03 10:23 pm   Permalink

Huh... I walk past that address every morning on the way to work.

Alas, no hint of tiki there now; only expensive home furnishing galleries, law offices, and a steady churn of overly upscale restaurants.


 
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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2011-08-25 6:46 pm   Permalink






Here is picture of the Hurricane in San Francisco that I grabbed of the net.


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-08-25 7:58 pm   Permalink

WOW Hiltiki, that is a great photo. What an amazing looking pre-tiki bar, it has it all. The bamboo, the mural, the leopard bar stools, tapa, thatch, the rum, rum rum, and that bartender with the pineapple drinks is priceless. Nice find.

DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-09-30 11:36 am   Permalink

Here is a napkin I have that lists the International Settlement location of the Hurricane with Jack De Maria the manager. Maybe after Bert Rovere?




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-05-11 09:33 am   Permalink

An ad for Sol Bright at the Hurricane.



Honolulu's Gene Autry!

DC


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-07-24 6:02 pm   Permalink

Another napkin I picked up, however the address is not 533 Pacific Street instead of 523 Pacific Avenue. Hmmm?



DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2014-07-24 10:16 pm   Permalink

Judging by the detail in this rendering, it seems to be the original that the above one was derived from....or the other one on the top was

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JacksGrandNephew
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Posted: 2016-03-09 1:14 pm   Permalink

I am Jack DeMaria's grand nephew. It was always my impression that Jack and my father owned the Hurricane bar but that may have been temporary. It was in a building on Pacific Ave that was owned by our family and later became offices and the Little Fox theater where "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" and the "Fantastics" played for many years. My father had purchased doors and other ornamentals from the Fox Theater on Market St. when it was torn down.
The Hurricane had an intermittent rain storm behind the bar and sounds of thunder. Located in the "International Settlement", it was a popular stop for service men on a night on the town before shipping out to the Pacific during WWII. I am posting photos of two mugs I have from the bar. They are sculls with naked women and "The Hurricane San Francisco" written below the jaw on one. In about 1973 my father sold the building to Francis Coppola.


 
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JacksGrandNephew
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Posted: 2016-03-09 1:17 pm   Permalink





 
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Tiki Shaker
  

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From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2016-03-09 5:17 pm   Permalink

Great mugs! Thanks for sharing the info!

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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2016-03-09 5:46 pm   Permalink

WOW! Thanks for posting those mug photos. Anything else you have to share on this story would be awesome.

DC


 
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2016-03-09 5:53 pm   Permalink

Now that is a mug!

 
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atomictonytiki
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From: Bangkok
Posted: 2016-03-09 5:55 pm   Permalink

Those mugs are astounding, proper adult drinking vessels.

 
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