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Trader Vic's Portland -- The Wait is Over.
Tiki Kupcake
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Joined: May 07, 2008
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2011-07-31 9:06 pm   Permalink

I wouldn't worry about which month is tiki month. Tiki Kon is always changing months. It's been in June July and August. Plus, August is the month with international tiki day in it. Let's just be happy we keep getting more tiki in Portland!

Trader Vic's Portland is great. I've been there 3 times already and will be back again tomorrow night. Every night has been different and tons of fun. Both the dining room and the lounge have different menus and both are tasty. So happy this place has finally opened, after knowing about it for so long.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-08-01 10:40 am   Permalink

WOW! That place looks GREAT!!
I wish you well.
If this one does not make it don't know if any can.
The decor it righton, You got your own mugs, And Shag shirts.
The one thing some places miss, forget is service.
Not just fast accurate service, but make it fun, make each customer
feel like they are your best customer.
Being a large or some may say fat guy I get bad service from a lot
of the places I go.
But then how do people get fat? they eat and drink a lot.
That's more money at your place.
When I had my diner, on the slow days the customers that would come
in and save that day were the "oh crap not that person" type.
Wait staff at times get into a only the likable or pretty people get good service mode.
You give an ugly the time of day and he will be your customer for life.
The in or cool folks need to go to the hot spots, so when the luster wears off of
your place he's gone.
My place had like 85% regulars.
Vic knew all of this, And I would guess you do to.
But people forget this HUGE point in this biz.
In this economy you need every edge to make a go of it.
Great job!!!
Good luck!!!


 
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Lucky Jackson
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Joined: Feb 06, 2011
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From: Beaverton,OR
Posted: 2011-08-01 10:41 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-07-31 11:57, bigbrotiki wrote:
Those big guys look cool. They could use some big planters with tall bamboo behind them, or similar tropical greenery.

Here's one more photo of the various Tiki textures inside:



I am looking forward to pics from the grand opening tomorrow!





Good call, tall bamboo behind them would really set the mood!

Great photo! I love that tiki! I think he may be my favorite one in there!


 
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drewgroove
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From: Portland
Posted: 2011-08-01 12:11 pm   Permalink

Well, as if anyone hasn't heard, The Portland Trader Vic's is open and it's fabulous.

Today marks the 'official' opening date. There will be surprise prizes for the first 50 people through the doors, which open at 3pm. Portland Mayor Sam Adams will be on hand tonight, as well as DJ Drew Groove spinning lounge, jazz, surf, and tiki, exotica records throughout the evening.

Sounds like the making for grand and tikilicious time! Hope to see you.

I created a little facebook event for the evening,
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=251082958243159

and of course information can be found on the Trader Vic's Facebook as well as regular website.
http://www.facebook.com/vicspdx
http://www.tradervicspdx.com

Right on and Mahalo!



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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-08-01 12:38 pm   Permalink

Alright! DJ Drew is IN the house!



 
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tikiarch
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Posted: 2011-08-02 10:43 am   Permalink

Thanks everyone for the nice comments on the design. This was a fun space to work in. I really think the central bar works great as well. Never too far from that next Mai Tai!

 
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Const Tiki
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From: Portland, Oregon
Posted: 2011-08-02 11:49 am   Permalink

What was the gift the first fifty people got?

 
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Tiki Kupcake
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Posted: 2011-08-02 4:19 pm   Permalink

A free Mai tai put in our hand the second we walked through the door and a fresh orchid lei. It was a great opening!

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GatorRob
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Posted: 2011-08-02 4:28 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-07-28 22:32, Lucky Jackson wrote:



Nice! Those tikis could really benefit from some bleaching from the sun. They will hopefully turn a nice silver over time, but hopefully stay free from rot. Is that redwood or maybe cedar? From what I can recall, that photo angle may be the northern exposure (I could be wrong) so maybe not all that much sun. Can't wait to get out again and pay a visit!


 
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tikiarch
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Posted: 2011-08-02 5:15 pm   Permalink

The tikis are Redwood

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-08-03 10:48 am   Permalink

I just wanted to note that TV'S PDX accomplished the pretty cool feat of having the MAYOR of Portland officially declare August as TIKI MONTH!:

http://www.tradervicspdx.com/blog/

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-08-03 12:08 pm   Permalink

By the way, the grand opening was Monday, today is Wednesday: WHERE are the photos of the event?

 
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Tiki Kupcake
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Posted: 2011-08-03 2:34 pm   Permalink

You can find pictures from the grand opening here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.237708896252572.56962.206038212752974 I took a bounch of my own pictures, but haven't had time to upload them. I have been at Trader Vic's for the past two nights.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-08-03 5:30 pm   Permalink

Thank you, Kupcake, looking forward to the pics... (and what'd I say earlier about Facebook?)

With August being the official Tiki month in Portland now, all you'd need now would be a KON-TIKI to open..



...and things would really be hoppin' - just like in 1959, when both Vic and Steve Crane opened their places in Portland



 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-08-09 11:37 pm   Permalink

Oh well, I guess I won't get to see anymore photos of the place until I go there personally again. Sigh.

Here's a local Portland newspaper article from today aimed at spreading the Tiki spirit, with some quotes by yours truly:

http://www.oregonlive.com/foodday/index.ssf/2011/08/portlanders_get_out_your_umbre.html#incart_mce

It's nothing new or genius, and any Portland Tikiphile could have answered those questions, but I guess Trader Vic's gave them my name to talk to. Hope it gets folks to go and check the place out instead of staying home all scared to spend money.

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