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Why do we classify mugs from Chinese restaurants as Tiki?
Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2012-12-18 1:39 pm   Permalink

Benihana first opened in America in 1964 serving "Teppan-Yaki" style food
and while they did have a couple of tropical drinks on the menu this was clearly
not a Tiki bar or restaurant, so file this under (Not Tiki)

Many Chinese restaurants in the 50s & 60s had Tropical & Hawaiian decor & a full tropical drink menu
many of these also served drinks in mugs, and unless you where in a city with a Trader Vic's or
Don the Beachcomber Tiki palace etc. it was their only exposure to a Tiki style Restaurant
in much of the United States, so file under (This is Tiki)


 
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