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Tonga Hut, North Hollywood, CA (bar)
Digitiki
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Posted: 2004-08-06 1:57 pm   Permalink

Christiki
Actually some of the tiki artifacts they had behind the bar have been stolen!


 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2004-08-06 6:45 pm   Permalink

Horrors! First RiderSouth & now this.

May the tiki gods curse them, Pele style, until the day they die!


 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2005-11-10 6:25 pm   Permalink

On Saturday, I learned that the Tonga Hut has been sold.
Cyn, a waitress, raised expectations by stating the new owner was going to fix the two fountains and ensure the tikiness is preserved.

Unfortunately, when I met the owner, he did not seem to be particularly interested in tiki. He refused to let me in, even though I showed him my TiKiTOny tiki lei and my tiki mug, claiming that it was a private party and patronizingly told me to come back the following night.


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-11-11 10:17 am   Permalink

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On 2005-11-10 18:25, christiki295 wrote:
On Saturday, I learned that the Tonga Hut has been sold.
Cyn, a waitress, raised expectations by stating the new owner was going to fix the two fountains and ensure the tikiness is preserved.

Unfortunately, when I met the owner, he did not seem to be particularly interested in tiki.



I love Tiki bars and I love Dive bars and The Tonga Hut is a Tiki Dive Bar, whaich is a double ZAZZ to me! I hope it sticks around!
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hanford_lemoore
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Posted: 2006-01-06 2:04 pm   Permalink

I got an email from the new owners of the Tonga Hut, I'll relay part of it here
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This is just a quick note to let you know that my partner and I just purchased the Tonga Hut in November 05 and we do intend to preserve the tiki vibe of the place.

We are not changing the name or the decor. We do intend to redecorate and replace the beer mirrors and neons with Polynesian art work (oil paintings, etc). And yes, we plan to fix the fountains. We cannot get it all done immediately, but we plan to work on restoring the place little by little.

The jukebox has been updated with a variety of music and there is one Martin Denny CD in rotation (more Exotica to come). The bartenders know how to make Mai Tais and we will be adding a handful of tropical drinks to the menu in the coming weeks.

If you feel it is appropriate, please pass this info on to your forum participants.

Thanks,

Tonga Hut Management



Interesting!


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2006-01-06 4:21 pm   Permalink

ZAZZ!!!

I LOVE the Tonga Hut--a tiki dive bar extraordinaire!!


 
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kirby
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Posted: 2006-01-06 5:33 pm   Permalink

dear tonga hut managment,
If you need some awsome tiki art to hang up on the walls instead of the taki neon beer signs Id be happy offer some of my art.....thanx kirby
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christiki295
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Posted: 2006-01-08 01:13 am   Permalink

Mahalo for sharing, Hanford.

Maybe you could ask them to return the map of Tonga, which had been replaced with a generic flower print.


 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2006-01-21 12:48 pm   Permalink

The Tonga Hut is on the road to glory.

Dramatic first steps have already been taken. Any fears that the Tonga Hut was going to become a sports bar can be laid aside. The owner, Jeremy, has very ambitious plans for re-tikification, which include placing OA art above all of the booths,restoring both fountains and creating a Tonga Hut mug.

Although it has just been approximately 3 months since the new ownership, there already is a marked improvement:

1.There are no more beer signs - I was there with TikiTanked and personally witnessed the owner, Jeremy, obliterate the last O'Douls sign.

2. The map of the Kingdom of Tonga, has been restored, courtesy of Oriental Gifts on Washington in Culver City (where cost-effective Hawaiiana can be found).

3.The air no longer smells of stale smoke.

4. A moai has been added to the rear entrance.

5. Incredibly nice, and sexy, bartenders have been added, Taylor & Cyd.

6. Most importantly, the palm-wood tikis are still there and in suprisingly good shape.


Time for all of those who have been away to revisit!





[ This Message was edited by: christiki295 2006-01-24 18:41 ]


 
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OceaOtica
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Posted: 2006-01-21 6:14 pm   Permalink

Chris,
A good time last night, thank you.
We need to get them them the Grog Log and Intoxica for sure!
I volunteered myself to do some restoration work on the fountains. May be relying on the knowledge of some TC ohana, so I will post progress as it goes. The bar area fountain "pool" is actually a large slab of rock. Lighting was dim, so i never noticed its actually rock, not painted fiberglass as many modern fountain pools are done. The surface sealer resin coat is flaking on, some it needs some work. Otherwise I believe it just calls for a new pump. i have to climb into the under crawl space to check the pvc for cracking, but at initial glance it appeared okay.
the beautiful 3 tiered fountain behind the bar is another story. i did not inspect it closely, but Jeremy mentioned cracks in the "bowls" and it will take some tweaking to get the bowls in the right position so they flow to the next level properly, As fas pumps go, i have no idea what shape it is in.
Things look optimistic. Jeremy definitely has his own vision for the interior, but they have the right roots and do not seem like they will ruin the previously established look. He is open to ideas and is interested in seeing and learning more.
This is definitely a "project" bar, and I know that TCers will be called into play as he builds reserves for preservation and new additions. Hopefully TCers in the area can put this on their route because, as Christiki has mentioned, Tonga has changed drastically in the short time since the ownership changed, and the revenue will go to speed up the bar's renewal.
TT


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Digitiki
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Posted: 2006-01-23 09:11 am   Permalink

It makes me very happy that Tonga is tiki-ing back up! My wife and I love that little bar but haven't been there in a couple of months due to vet bills (our dog has been seriously ill). But hearing that it has been purchased by someone interested in the tiki aspect of the bar is good news. We're definately going to have to go ack for a visit.

 
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Cyd
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Posted: 2006-01-23 10:11 am   Permalink




Just wanted to say thank you to... Christiki295, MrSmiley, TikiTanked, Kirby and of course Hanford that has been so helpful in spreading the news about all the changes that have been going on at the TONGA HUT, since the new owners took over in November.

I've been working there for almost three years now and three owners too - So, it is so nice to finally have owners that care!!! They have made tremendous strides in such a short time. They have great plans ahead, and are doing things as money permits... More People = More Money = Better TONGA HUT Faster!!!

Thank you again for spreading the word and also for your patronage. Oh... and thank you for your kind words about me too

Mahalo,
CYD
Bartender at the Tonga Hut


(Feel free to come see me on Saturday and Sunday nights... I make a mean Mai Tai - and tell me your from TikiCentral)

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christiki295
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Posted: 2006-01-23 5:54 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-01-23 10:11, Cyd wrote:

Feel free to come see me on Saturday and Sunday nights... I make a mean Mai Tai - and tell me your from TikiCentral



Nice first post, Cyd. I may see you Saturday.


 
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Posted: 2006-01-23 11:08 pm   Permalink

a long long time ago i gave the BOT to the owner with doubtful wishful thinking.

this news just made my night. no. it made my month.



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christiki295
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Posted: 2006-01-23 11:37 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-01-23 23:08, Futura Girl wrote:
a long long time ago i gave the BOT to the owner with doubtful wishful thinking.

this news just made my night. no. it made my month.




Way to spread the tiki faith.


 
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