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The Bahooka is closing their doors March 10th
tiki1963
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2013-03-08 1:42 pm   Permalink

call me krazy, but i'd rather have john lennon's rickenbacker. juss sayin.

 
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TwoChordTom
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From: Behind The Orange Curtain - California
Posted: 2013-03-08 1:50 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-03-08 13:42, tiki1963 wrote:
call me krazy, but i'd rather have john lennon's rickenbacker. juss sayin.



Like I said, "on a much smaller scale". I would gladly trade my parrot for that guitar as well. It was just an exmaple.


 
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belinda
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Joined: Mar 06, 2012
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Posted: 2013-03-08 8:42 pm   Permalink

im kinda annoyed so far by whats going on.
our friends last night said they stopped serving food around 6?
how do they want us to absorb the liqour?
call me crazy, but their liqour sales must be thru the boat-less roof right now.
i dont have facebook! so how am i to know whats going on?
theyre not answering their phones?
whats going on sunday for their last hoorah? ( i took off work for this)
i plan on getting there around 11 am
will there be food?
how many ounces are the plastic cups ? (red solo cups ala frat parties)


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-03-08 8:53 pm   Permalink

I hate to say it, but what ever happens on Sunday may not be the best way to
remember the Bahooka, I equate it with when you have to take your sick, yet beloved pet
to the vet to be put asleep......All the love in the world does not keep the heart from being crushed.


 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2013-03-08 10:19 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-03-08 20:42, belinda wrote:
....
i dont have facebook! so how am i to know whats going on?
...



You do not need to log onto Facebook to view Bahooka's page

Facebook: Bahooka



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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2013-03-09 02:09 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-03-08 20:42, belinda wrote:
im kinda annoyed so far by whats going on.
our friends last night said they stopped serving food around 6?...



I was there Thursday night and they were still serving food well after 6pm. They did however put out a sign around 5:30pm indicating that they were no longer adding names to the wait list as there were enough people on the list to fill out the evening. Similar situation Friday night, they had to stop taking names for the wait list again around 5:30 but I can confirm that food was still being served until at least 10pm (closing time was 10:30pm). As far as what comes next? YMMV! Just go and enjoy what you can while you can. Chin up!


 
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tikijackskeleton
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2013-03-09 03:03 am   Permalink

If you don't want to be getting solo drinks in red/clear plastic cups, bring your mugs along with you. I saw a Ruffus and other Bahooka mug being used. Hell, which pushed me to go to the car and I used my trader sam's barrel cup as well with no problems. Probably saved them the amount of time to wash and toss out my plastic cup.

They've been filling up the list of names around 5-6pm for the night. Which basically means get there and expect a 3 hour wait from that point. You can just put your name down and head on off for an hour before coming back and getting your drink on.

Ribs were damn delicious.


 
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TwoChordTom
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From: Behind The Orange Curtain - California
Posted: 2013-03-09 09:24 am   Permalink

From their facdbook page this am:

We still have lots of food! YEA! The menu is smaller, but we still going! Thank you to everyone that have been so kind. We are so grateful to all of you!


 
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rebelx24
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Posted: 2013-03-09 8:06 pm   Permalink

I actually went by Bahooka just yesterday, and one of the ladies who worked there told me that all she knew was that there would still be a restaurant in the space, and the fish tanks would still be in there.

Anyone know the latest regarding the fate of the place?


 
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Tangaroa-Ru
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Joined: Aug 04, 2006
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From: Surf's Up, Los Angeles!
Posted: 2013-03-09 10:55 pm   Permalink

I went and said my aloha to Bahooka this afternoon. I just wandered through, took photos and breathed in the smell of ribs and old restaurant. If you wanted to dine, there was a 2-3 hour wait, unless you had lined up early. They had a table up front, where they were selling off a stack of mucky, plastic parrots and I saw the last of their t-shirts (size 3x) get purchased by a much smaller person, who was delighted to get it.

It's always difficult and sad to say goodbye to something we love. But the restaurant business is tough, especially in a huge city like Los Angeles, where there are so many dining options. We have all seen Bahooka nearly empty on many nights, yet hopping on some weekends and during our Tiki events we've had there. Owning a restaurant will take up your whole life, unless you choose to relinquish some of your power to investors to help you run it. I wish Suzanne and her family well, and they are fortunate that, in their time of need, they got an offer they couldn't refuse. Whether we like it or not.

The good news? We once had a place called Bahooka. A fantastic dining escape that we enjoyed thoroughly for almost half a century, and we made a lot of memories there. More positive news: I have heard (rumors) that some of the decor will be seen at a new, L.A. Tiki bar later this year. Also, that the new owners of the Bahooka building are keeping the fishtanks -- which makes me hopeful (fingers crossed) that they might keep the seating and placement of the tanks intact, which would make a far better fate than befell many of of our beloved old Tiki places. One of the things that made Bahooka so wonderful were their booths. Because of the wandering design of the building, you could hide away in there with your date and feel (or BE) naughty, while surrounded by one hundred-plus bubbling tanks and colorful sea life. It was as if you were given your own private world for a little while. Wow oh wow oh wow. Word to anyone thinking of owning their own exotic restaurant or bar: You would do well to recreate this booth ambiance in your new place.

So, let this be a reminder to us to support and enjoy the Tiki places we still have. We're fortunate that, here in Los Angeles, we can actually do a roll call: Tiki Ti! Damon's! Tonga Hut! Purple Orchid! Don the Beachcomber's! Trader Vic's L.A., Tiki No! And, it appears, a few more to come. And if we do this, in fifty years, we can listen to our children wail and cry when those places get sold off... Ah, the circle of Tiki life.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-03-09 11:29 pm   Permalink

Where's the "Like" button?

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-03-10 03:26 am   Permalink

Now your singing my song, Kari "Tangaroa-Ru!"

 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2013-03-10 07:06 am   Permalink

Tangaroa-Ru, well said!
ATP, don't you ever sleep!?


 
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tikijackskeleton
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Joined: Dec 30, 2012
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2013-03-10 12:08 pm   Permalink

So long Bahooka. One day earlier than expected. I look forward to the reading of the will on March 17th and picking up those items that time will wash away.

R.I.P


 
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Tangaroa-Ru
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Posted: 2013-03-10 12:53 pm   Permalink

Mahalo, Tiki ohana. I talked to my mom this morning, and she said she and my dad felt the exact same way when The Luau and Kelbo's closed. Those were "their" places. My dad had even proposed to my mom (twice!) at The Luau. (She accepted when he did it without the aid of a Mai Tai.)

You know, I will actually go to this new incarnation of the restaurant, if they keep the tanks and booths intact. I wouldn't be surprised if they painted it all white and hung modern lights from the ceiling though.

And I'll still enjoy seeing the Tiki apartments (what's left of them) on the drive down Rosemead Blvd. on the way to Bahooka corner. You know, there's still much to celebrate and enjoy. And we know clever people who are making new Tiki places for us to go to, in Los Angeles and elsewhere. I'm not trying to be all "Miss Disneyland" about this, because losing the Bahooka IS sad, but as my dad used to say, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." The solution is to try and preserve what we can of what we love. And, if we can't, then document it thoroughly, and allow that to inspire others, including yourself.

And now, I really have to finish my next article for Tiki Magazine! Aloha to you all.


 
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