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Wauwatiki, Wauwatosa, WI (restaurant)
Kootiki
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Joined: Apr 24, 2012
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2015-03-27 12:42 pm   Permalink

Name:Wauwatiki
Type:restaurant
Street:6502 W.North Avenue
City:Wauwatosa
State:WI
Zip:53213
country:USA
Phone:
Status:operational

Description:
Newly planned locale just outside of Milwaukee.
http://www.wauwatosanow.com/news/wauwatiki-plans-to-bring-caribbean-cuisine-cocktails-to-east-tosa-b99470197z1-297813361.html



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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2015-03-27 1:23 pm   Permalink

Great news! That rendering is not bad - an A-frame is a good sign! - but it could go both ways: The Moai in the background looks like it was copied from one those Kleenex boxes. And the color on those Tiki masks between the booths has me worried. Let's keep thinking positive thoughts


 
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kenbo-jitsu
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From: Southern CA
Posted: 2015-03-27 1:29 pm   Permalink

From the article...








 
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BarronWolfgangVonDuck
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Posted: 2015-04-01 4:58 pm   Permalink

The Forrest was thick with foliage and serpents. Even the Olmec people spoke of these aborigines in legendary form. Yes, the Polynesians with their tall tales of shrunken heads, war boats, mai thais, and parties that last until dusk of yonder day. I reached the stone wall and what stood before me was a monolithic gate. The faces of revelry and tribal shindigs hieroglyphed the passage halls. Dangling skulls from what I feared to be people whom never quite caught a ride back down juneau boulevard. I removed my sketchbook and proceeded to take note at the exquisite condition of the remains from the archeological sight of perhaps the most impressive luau of 1979. What's this? A motif of divine nature! Ah yes, a riddle perhaps, yes i see now...
" What one can render, of concepts splendor. Cast down asunder, lest colors blunder."
Upon etching this cryptic jargon into my sketchbook (with what little #2 pencil I had) I heard a great drum looming the corridors. Growing incessantly louder, I could not flee, knowing that this could in fact be my last chance at gathering perhaps the greatest design phase reference wall photo this week. Totems of all sizes began to protrude from the soil beneath my feet, and a great gust consumed the passage. The vines encasing the walls parted and the scorpions scattered. What next was a spectacle no mere blogger could contrive. Out of each crypt stepped the Deities of their time; Rongo (the god of always going close to the edge but never quite crossing it) Lono (the god who was generally a nice guy but always wanted to fight someone if they were talking to his girl) Maui (The god of mythic heroism, surfing and bocci ball) and Shoody Doody (the designated driver who always seemed to forget he told everyone "I'll be the designated driver.")
"Great and powerful party animals! What hath stirred you to have risen from yon tombs to standth before me?" I was fearful yet spake boldly.
Their response resounded like that of a tidal wave falling on village peons. "Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiightious Dude, we just wanted to let you know your welcome to come to our new hale on North Avenue. You are e komo mai ewa iki haole." Maui decreed, chastening his bamboo surfboard, decorative spears, and a tuna sandwich. "yeah Brah, were like totally catch'n a wave outta here asap, cuz Lono's a real lolo and forgot the 'ono pakalolo back in kalani. Besides this lu'au is a little dead."
Clearing my throat I interrupted "Gentlemen, um, im not endowed on the native tongue in which you speak, could you be so kind as to lessen your vocabulary unto laymen's terms as for the betterment of conversing?"
Rongo, the largest one, stepped forward sporting dozens of beaded leis and tribal warpaint that seemingly spanned the surface of his body. He spoke softly as he strummed a fine ornamental ukelele. "Easy Nui Tuna, we will teach you kupuna wisdom. Wisdom that Shoody Doody has learned ever since he got that iki wahine hapai. There is hope for lokahi makai."
"But what about this riddle? What about this ancient mystery of the greatest lu'au venue in Milwaukee or perhaps the midwest?"
Shoody Doody brought a large urn of strong drink up to his lips that frothed at his beard. "oh, it means you have to create out of a keiki spirit. Once Kan'e became kama'aina and grew akamai, he forgot how to have fun designing cool stuff. Don't get hung up on the little things in concept renderings, for they can be changed." He paused so as to take another pull of this ancient vessel, passing it off to Lono. "Rather work from the lu'au inside of you. Your kuleana is lokahi. Now e kala mai, I have hele shishi."
Four phantom sea creatures manifested to life out of the solid volcanic rock totems. Swooping under each Tiki brother the ectoplasmic tiger sharks bounded through the vast expanse of shifting seas, engulfing the alter of the great kahuna, making a wikiwiki stop at DQ for a blizzard, and finally arriving at the destination of WauwaTiki; Alas my friends, listen closely, Legend says even mere mortals can go there to party too. Just be patient as we pau hana, ok?

Shaka.

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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2015-04-13 2:22 pm   Permalink

I've reached out to those involved with no success...

With 14 years of tiki art under my belt I hoped to offer my services, since my work at Foundation and Lucky Joe's Tiki Room here in Milwaukee is much admired...

Will be interesting to see what the final product looks like.


 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2015-04-14 2:48 pm   Permalink

Bummer Lakesurfer, they would have been lucky to have you build out their bar.

 
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TikiSean262
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Joined: Apr 25, 2015
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Posted: 2015-04-25 02:41 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-04-13 14:22, Lake Surfer wrote:
I've reached out to those involved with no success...

With 14 years of tiki art under my belt I hoped to offer my services, since my work at Foundation and Lucky Joe's Tiki Room here in Milwaukee is much admired...

Will be interesting to see what the final product looks like.



howdy... From Tosa myself and a frequent at Foundation. I plan on building a home Tiki bar soon and would like to get in touch with you.

Hopefully Wauwatiki is the real deal. I heard the owners also own something on water st and are sick of the college crowd. I'll hold my critiques until I see them make a few drinks!


 
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kenbo-jitsu
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From: Southern CA
Posted: 2015-06-05 09:54 am   Permalink

Two more articles on Wauwatiki.

This one is from the same day as the first article (March 27, 2015).
http://onmilwaukee.com/dining/articles/wauwatiki.html

This one is from April 2, 2015 and has some more details about the plans.
http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/298433681.html

The restaurant/bar is a collaboration between Jason Growel and Peter Panagos. A company called Flux Design is doing the build-out. I wonder if they're still on track for a late June opening.


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kenbo-jitsu
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Posted: 2015-06-05 10:08 am   Permalink

Also, because I don't see it yet in this thread, here is the address. This should really go in the top-most post.

6502 W. North Ave
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

It's not much to look at right now.

Before (GoogleMaps October 2014):


After:




 
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Kootiki
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2015-06-30 06:43 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-06-05 10:08, kenbo-jitsu wrote:
Also, because I don't see it yet in this thread, here is the address. This should really go in the top-most post.

6502 W. North Ave
Wauwatosa, WI 53213




Did and Done, Thanks for the heads up!


 
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kenbo-jitsu
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Posted: 2015-06-30 4:53 pm   Permalink

Many thanks, Kootiki. Well, it's officially late June. I wonder what's happening.

A couple more interesting things from the internet...

This looks like an alternate version of the dining room rendering.


And here is the floor plan.


On the floor plan, the big tiki out front is referred to as an "interactive sculpture".


 
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kenbo-jitsu
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Posted: 2015-07-29 11:59 am   Permalink

Does anyone local to Milwaukee have any news on this place? I've seen nothing on the internet since the initial announcement ~ March/April 2015.

 
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BrewTiki
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Joined: Aug 10, 2015
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Posted: 2015-08-10 04:46 am   Permalink

I just drove past it about 3 days ago. Unfortunately, it looks like nothings happening. Plot is for sale. It's too bad really, we could really use a Polynesian place around here. Right now we only have 2 tiki bars. Though, down the block from where Wauwatiki was going to be is a fantastic Hawaiian Take Out and Grocery called Ono Kine Grinds.

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Kootiki
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Joined: Apr 24, 2012
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2015-09-02 1:57 pm   Permalink

Update on potential opening date. Maybe November now.

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/323867301.html

And This....

http://onmilwaukee.com/dining/articles/wauwatikibackontrack.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2015-10-18 12:37 am   Permalink

Things are cooking...

 
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