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Coral Reef in Millbrae, Millbrae, CA (restaurant)
mrsmiley
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From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2011-05-19 11:31 pm   Permalink

Name:Coral Reef in Millbrae
Type:restaurant
Street:900 El Camino Real
City:Millbrae
State:CA
Zip:94030
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
The Coral Reef in Millbrae was part of a group of Coral Reef named businesses opened by the Malevilles. It was known as a Nightclub and Restaurant. The location is now a medium sized Chain Hardware store.



 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-05-19 11:33 pm   Permalink

Well...an internet search on the Millbrae location turned up a book on Amazon. You can see some images on Page 101-search Coral Reef. I don't know how to capture those images, but here is some of what it said; One of Millbrae's exciting restaurant and nightclub destinations was the tropical Coral Reef seen here in 1946. It was owned by Buddy and Roberta Maleville (see the Lodge sign images in Sacramento)and was located at 900 El Camino Real. No chance of any cool locale left--it is now an Orchard Supply Hardware Store. The name of the book is; Millbrae (Images of America: California)(Paperback) by Millbrae Historical Society.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-05-20 08:01 am   Permalink

Nice find Mr. Smiley.

Here is the photo and the ad from the book.





A mid-century fascination with Tiki themes....hmm, sounds familiar.

This place looks like it was around for a while and had a sister restaurant in Sacramento as shown on this napkin posted by Taboo Dan.



DC


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-05-21 2:35 pm   Permalink

Thanks for capturing the images, DC !

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-07-15 8:44 pm   Permalink

I picked up an old, crusty, worked matchbook from the Coral Reef in Millbrae.




The cool part about this one is that it shows the same type of sign that was used at the Sacramento location, different than what was shown in the book photo previously.





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