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Don The Beachcomber Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-03-19 5:55 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-03-18 19:34, hang10tiki wrote:
Great day...
As stated above Ruth Masteas was the first hostess at the Vegas location.
I have had several great conversations with her recently.
It was a pleasure listening to many fond memories she had at DTB.
She passed on to me an awesome keepsake.
It was an honor to receive it and I knew I had to share it here.




This was her personal scorpion bowl







More to come...





Hang10,

Wow, great score on that historical artifact from the Vegas DTB. Look forward to hearing more of the story from Ruth.

DC

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Posted: 2014-03-27 11:51 pm   Permalink

She said they also had a place for VIPs to store their chopsticks....

She was also kind enough to pass on a photo and it's folder

What an awesome lady



Her and her family






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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-03-28 12:08 am   Permalink

From an article in LV weekly

Ruth Maestas

I was the first hostess [at Don the Beachcomber]. I had lived in Hawaii and I had just moved here. Being very tan, I went to the culinary union; he looked at me—and all my clothes were Hawaiian—and he just said, “You go to work at Don the Beachcomber.”

It was wonderful just being part of all of that. Every day was electric; every day was exciting. Dean Martin came and Jane Russell and the stars were all out in their ermines and their minks. The Sahara was a very warm hotel. It was a wonderful, beautiful time back then. Everybody was beautiful; it was absolutely glamorous.

My husband owned the barbershop. We were married in 1965. Eldon Dotson was a good friend of ours, and he actually gave him the barbershop. In those days they gave the businesses to each other, and then they would pay a percentage to the hotel. But the owner of the barbershop wouldn’t say, “I’ll sell it to you for $200,000.”

His nickname was Louie the Blade. Anyone in this town who was alive at that time had heard of Louis the Blade. He was the one who cut the hair with a razor blade. He was doing the razor blade cuts before anyone else was doing it and the waterfall look where it flipped over. Elvis had the flipped-over look. Anytime you see that in a movie, that was his—that was his style; that was his cut.

I was one of the first licensed manicurists in the state of Nevada. I was the 318th ever licensed. I had to become a manicurist when we owned the barbershop in the Sahara because I had to work in it. Shecky Greene was my client. In those days when they came in, they’d be rehearsing their stage thing right there in the chair.
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Posted: 2014-03-28 08:33 am   Permalink

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On 2014-03-18 19:34, hang10tiki wrote:
Great day...
As stated above Ruth Masteas was the first hostess at the Vegas location.
I have had several great conversations with her recently.
It was a pleasure listening to many fond memories she had at DTB.
She passed on to me an awesome keepsake.
It was an honor to receive it and I knew I had to share it here.




This was her personal scorpion bowl







More to come...

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What does the underside of that bowl look like?
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Posted: 2014-03-28 10:09 am   Permalink

Morning sir
More photos of it on page 2
No markings

Jon


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-04-01 7:26 pm   Permalink

Part of an article in the LV Sun

Don the Beachcomber’s first female hostess in 1963 was Ruth Maestas, who recalled that prominent local residents who were regular customers used chopsticks that were stored in their personalized bamboo containers at the restaurant.



I saw Ruth again today
When I asked her how many sets of chopsticks were kept there, she thought maybe 26 or so.
Awesome....
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Posted: 2014-04-01 8:00 pm   Permalink

Another photo and folder from Ruth





Left to right
Al Hernandez Maitre 'd
Ruth
Bud Bachtold


Bud signed and put a note in her photo folder

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Posted: 2014-04-05 1:33 pm   Permalink

Another variation






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Posted: 2014-04-05 1:37 pm   Permalink

Coaster




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Posted: 2014-04-22 9:16 pm   Permalink

Sahara DTB menu






























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Posted: 2014-04-23 3:47 pm   Permalink

LOVE the menu and the coaster. Jealous...

 
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Posted: 2014-04-23 11:04 pm   Permalink

great !

 
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Posted: 2014-04-23 11:05 pm   Permalink

MrSmiley- great to see an old piece of history

Thanks Master Luna



Jon

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