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The Grass Skirt, Columbus, OH (restaurant)
RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2012-09-19 9:45 pm   Permalink

"The Grass Skirt is inspired in part by Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas, a tiny space 15 minutes from the Strip, decked from head to toe in bamboo and puffer-fish lamps, and with a souvenir tiki mug that looks like a slot machine."

Awesome!!!
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spiked
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Joined: Dec 10, 2008
Posts: 95
Posted: 2012-09-23 1:02 pm   Permalink

Here is the full article that columbus underground did on building Grass Skirt tiki bar, very neat!

http://www.columbusunderground.com/the-making-of-a-tiki-bar-behind-the-scenes-at-grass-skirt

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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2012-09-23 2:07 pm   Permalink

Congratulations on your new business. Looks like quite a serious endevour, looking forward to more pictures and stories of your success.
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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2012-09-24 12:43 pm   Permalink

Still want to make it out there! Amy, any call for booking the world's greatest sideshow performer there!?

 
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happy buddha
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Joined: Sep 13, 2008
Posts: 237
Posted: 2012-09-29 9:05 pm   Permalink

Just got back from the Grass Skirt!

Great place; nice vibe. The food was excellent & the drinks were mixed well. I had a Mai Tai & a Navy Grog.

Needs more tikis, but there's always time for that. So glad Columbus has a tiki destination again.

Best of luck Grass Skirt!!


 
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Kanu
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Joined: May 17, 2011
Posts: 19
From: Michigan
Posted: 2012-10-01 08:41 am   Permalink

Awesome! Look forward to visiting in the next few weeks! Any news on a commissioned mug yet? Anyone throwing their hat in the ring?

 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 2923
Posted: 2012-10-11 8:15 pm   Permalink

Barb and I went on tuesday.
The food was good, as was the service.
Good job!

Need Budweiser though.


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3530
From: HELL
Posted: 2012-10-12 06:28 am   Permalink


... uh-oh - does this mean I have to drive all the way out there and give it the ol' tipsy mcstagger special critique ?? Guess i'm gonna have to warm up the ol' thumbs again.....
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
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Posted: 2012-10-12 08:05 am   Permalink

Ha!
Love it!

Wacth out for Butt chugging, very popular these days.
Your two thumbs up may just kill somones buzz.

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Johnny Dollar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2003
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From: Baltimore, Maryland, PNG
Posted: 2012-12-27 08:30 am   Permalink

here are my photos from my recent trip to the grass skirt, what with the holiday decorations etc.

































 
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LoungeShark
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Joined: Apr 10, 2009
Posts: 164
From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2013-01-16 11:09 am   Permalink

Just came back from having the Grass Skirt for lunch. Wow! I love that place. Of course the drinks are good, but the food is incredible as well. If you haven't done so yet, like their facebook page to see what the special of the day is each day. They are producing some tasty treats. In case you need the link...https://www.facebook.com/#!/GrassSkirtTikiRoom?fref=ts

Go check it out, it's WORTH it.


 
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tikilongbeach
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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
Posts: 1381
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-02-03 09:51 am   Permalink

Here is an interview with the artist, Nikos Fyodor Rutkowski, that created the volcano wall at the Grass Skirt.

www.ccad.edu/blog/2012/10/alumnus-creates-installs-volcano-wall-for-local-tiki-bar/
CCAD has a new downtown neighbor, in the Grass Skirt Tiki Room, and Fine Arts alumnus Nikos Fyodor Rutkowski (CCAD 2002) brought about one of its more dynamic interior features.

Rutkowski was approached by Harold LaRue, one of the owners of the Grass Skirt, after he saw an installation Rutkowski did for the Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project. LaRue wanted Rutkowski to design a lava wall for the tiki-bar-themed restaurant.

“I was a little hesitant at first,” Rutkowski said. “I had been swamped at my day job where I make props for haunted houses and theme parks, but in the end I just couldn’t refuse the opportunity to work on such a cool project so close to my alma mater.”

Rutkowski’s design for the wall includes raised foam forms to imitate volcanic rock. He used black light paint on the recessed portion of the wall to give the illusion of liquid magma and illuminated the entire piece with LED black light features.

The installation of the wall took Rutkowski about 30 hours spread out over several weeks—even with occasional help from volunteers.

“It was awesome to see the restaurant all finished and up and running,” Rutkowski said. “And it was great to see my contribution fitting in so well. There are so many cool visual contributions from artists and craftspeople throughout the restaurant, and many people have come up to me to compliment my work.”

The Grass Skirt, which opened in mid-September, is owned by Columbus Food League Partners, a group that owns several popular restaurants in the Columbus area.









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Maitai Mike
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Joined: Sep 20, 2010
Posts: 31
Posted: 2013-06-17 7:16 pm   Permalink

I'm visiting Columbus, Ohio and just stumbled onto The Grass Skirt tiki bar/restaurant. I will definitely be checking it out tomorrow and posting my impressions. Their web site looks good. Any food or drink suggestions?

 
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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-06-18 04:32 am   Permalink

They're really good people, especially the owners. The door man is getting bigger into tiki, assuming the same guy still works there.

The food changes all the time, but some things stay. Here's my recommendations.

Food:
House made crab rangoon
Wonton Nachoes
Crab Cake Fritters

Curried Chicken Salad Menehuene

Banh Mi Style
Phillynesian Teriyaki Beef

And for an island treat: LOCO MOCO! Love that stuff.

Drinks:
All of them. I'm kidding. No seriously, all of them.
Anything under Tiki Classics is good with me, haven't had any others. Well, I did, but I don't remember them.


 
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Maitai Mike
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Posted: 2013-06-18 3:23 pm   Permalink

Here's my honest review, after just coming from The Grass Skirt. Overall, I'd give it a 7. The decor was excellent, nice selection of rums and tiki drinks, and my entree was very good. I had the Kung Pao Chicken. The prices were very reasonable. Also, no TVs, thank you! No real tiki bar should have a television anywhere. On the downside, there was way too much light in the place. Not dark enough at all. I noticed two bare light bulbs hanging over the bar which gave off way too much light. Also, there was a lot of noise and light bleeding from the kitchen. The music was all surf, which is not bad, but I suggested mixing in some exotica. Other than that, a good experience overall and refreshing change from your typical midwestern bar. I will happily go back.

 
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