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Bahooka, Rosemead, CA (restaurant)
Fez Moai
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Posted: 2014-03-26 1:52 pm   Permalink

I don't know what kind of wood it is. It's real nice though. Thanks Ben, wait till I put up the next few pics of the Bahooka, those will really be a downer.

 
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Fez Moai
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Posted: 2014-03-26 1:57 pm   Permalink

I've been a dumpster-diver since I was a wee lad, that's why urban archaeology resonates so much for me. More pics to follow!

 
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2014-03-26 7:26 pm   Permalink

I woulda loved to have gotten some BahOOka stuff but I'm really lacking storage. Just getting around to using my Kon Tiki Tucson leftovers from when I revamped it back in 2006. Pics here... http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=46506&forum=4&38
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Fez Moai
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Posted: 2014-03-29 7:38 pm   Permalink

If you've ever had a Flaming Bahooka Bowl, then your straw came out of this bad boy. The long straw holder.




If you ever had a meal at the Bahooka, then your menus came out of these bad boys. The menu holders.




About a dozen of the chains from the Bahooka, including some that held up tables.



Bad boys!

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Fez Moai
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Fez Moai
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Posted: 2014-04-05 2:28 pm   Permalink

The last days of the Bahooka.







 
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Fez Moai
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Fez Moai
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-04-14 11:39 pm   Permalink

Tiki Al was just at the former Bahooka and posted some pics on Facebook
of an empty gutted building, there is no sign of Rufus or a 2000 gallon tank
Tiki AL was not able to find out where Rufus is located
anyone have info on what happened to Rufus? he was obviously moved out of the building.


 
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tikilongbeach
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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
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From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2014-04-15 08:41 am   Permalink

I thought in all of the emails being sent that someone posted that Rufus was being transferred to the owners house while the interior of the restaurant was being gutted. Who knows how that went?
I hope the other fish got some new homes too.
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THOR's
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Posted: 2014-04-15 10:52 pm   Permalink

My understanding months ago was that Rufus was to be moved ONCE due to the fragile aspects of a new tank. I never heard the owner had a place at his home. There were specific people caring for Rufus there formerly from Bahooka at the site. Anyone know where he is and his condition? I don't want to jump to conclusions but if there is no accounting as to Rufus' health I think the press would be interested in this update!

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-12-09 4:57 pm   Permalink

Ahhh, Bahooka. A little remembrance today with a souvenir menu from my collection







Miss the old gal.

DC


 
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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2015-01-04 09:09 am   Permalink

Two variations




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realwinner
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Posted: 2015-04-13 03:02 am   Permalink

I LOVE and MISS BAHOOKA! I first learned about Bahooka when Jack called my Real Estate Office to inquire about a restaurant we had for lease on Whittier Blvd in Whittier around about 1974. I met him there and gave him a tour of the old Bonanza Restaurant which was now closed.
He was sooo cool, kinda of hipster chic. I remember that he would say "Ciao, baby." A Very nice guy!
He was looking for another restaurant location. This was before the Rosemead Restaurant was open.
He was so great, he told me that he wanted me to know what kind of unique restaurant Bahooka was, and so he gave me a Free dinner for myself and a guest at the old West Covina Bahooka on Fransicquito.
I loved Bahooka from the first time I went there. I told everybody that I knew all about it. We went back there over and over again. And so did everybody else that I introduced to Bahooka!
I loved to order the X-3 and a Singapore Sling! The X-3 was a plate with delicious Bahooka Ribs, Shrimp Puffs, and Chicken Wings with 3 kinds of Sauces. Seems like it came with carrots and pickles. SOOOO GOOD!!! Yum! I can taste it now! I also loved their salad with the delicious House Dressing!
The Original Bahooka's on Francisquito was tiny but rockin'! On the weekends there was always a line out the door to get a table. When you went into the Ladies restroom, which was kind of out the back door and around to the left, there were flashing lights, kind of like being in a thunder storm.
Inside the restaurant there were puffer fish on the ceiling, and of course the fish tanks. You could hear that wonderful twangy Hawaiian Style music being played, and interrupted from time to time with a loud speaker saying "now hear this, now hear this, XXXX Party now being seated.
It was crazy, wild, and about the most fun I have ever had.
I Love and Miss Bahooka! What I wouldn't give for that X-3, a salad with Bahooka's house dressing, and a Singapore Sling about now!
I have to say that Bahooka is and will always be one of my favorite places ever!


 
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