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The Lili-Kai Club of Metro Detroit
Jeff Bannow
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From: Detroit, MI
Posted: 2016-06-08 11:33 am   Permalink

Here's my first home Tiki bar, The Lili-kai Club. The name mashes together lilikoi (passion fruit) with kai (ocean), and club (a large piece of wood used to hit people over the head.)

We moved into the house last year. It came with the basement already finished, but in a decidedly un-tiki baby blue color.

Before we moved in:







Despite my protests, remodeling the basement wasn't the first item on the agenda. So, I've been slowly adding furniture and decorations for the last year, until we reached this point.

The Lili-Kai Club, May 2016, during the day:


"Beach Campfire" by Rob Kaz, Gyotaku print, vintage postcards from the 20s-50s, and "Baby Kon" tiki by Tuga.








"Predator of the Deep" by Rodel Gonzalez, Frigidaire circa 1947, just rebuilt electrically.


"Midnight Tiki" by Doug Horne


Some Craigslist furniture finds, and 2 Pacific Northwest Native American masks, and 2 Japanese masks


Adolphe Sylvain repro by Zenon Matias Jimenez, "The Accidental Crossstepper", "Kalalau Ku" by Lake Tiki


"Freaky Threeki" by Tuga


Pool table.


2 canvas giclees by Brad Parker, Malaysian Airlines airline beverage cart.











And at night:







It's been a great space for entertaining, and I've learned a lot about what we want from the space. My cocktail skills have been getting slowly better over time. We finally decided it's time to tear it all down and put some legitimate wall coverings up.

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Jeff Bannow
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From: Detroit, MI
Posted: 2016-06-08 11:41 am   Permalink

The above images actually show some major changes already from the original configuration. When we moved in, there were cabinets everywhere (and I mean everywhere). I removed about 15 cheap white Home Depot cabinets from the walls.

Also, there were 3 ceiling fans mounted in the basement. Those had to go, and we needed to add outlets to the ceiling to facilitate some real lighting down there. Muchos thanks to Daniel Seybold for his electrical assistance - we managed to remove the fans, replace them with recessed can lights, and also install 7 new double sets of outlets on the ceiling, all controlled by a pair of light switches on the wall.

Additionally, we installed a new outlet in the closet to hide my stereo from view, and a new outlet under the counter to run my new (to me, used from Craigslist) built-in freezer. I ripped out the rightmost cabinet to fit it in, and built a new end wall to support the countertop.





Another new change was replacing the Wal-Mart bar stools with something a little more appropriate.







They need a little restoration, but are in good overall shape. Anyone have any pointers on wicker repair?
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Jeff Bannow
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Posted: 2016-06-08 11:42 am   Permalink

A quick break for some adorable cats. Here are 3 of the lushes, waiting for the bar to open.



Cuthbert, No Balls, and Roland. Missing from photo: Mifune, aka the old man. He was likely sleeping upstairs somewhere.

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Jeff Bannow
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Posted: 2016-06-08 11:48 am   Permalink

While taking down the one strip of crown moulding on the far wall, we discovered this little gem.



They added outlets by stapling the wiring to the wall, throwing some moulding over it, and calling it a day.



Here's Daniel, my electrical savior, helping to rectify the situation.

And finally, a sad state of affairs, hopefully quickly leading to a reopening with much more appropriate decor.





That's my lovely wife in the background, tirelessly helping me prep the ceiling for paint.
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Jeff Bannow
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Posted: 2016-06-08 11:56 am   Permalink

The ceiling is going to be "Cabin in the Woods," also known as brown.



And the trim and such will be "Basswood," also known as tan.



These images don't really represent the colors well, but you get the idea. We went with Behr Marquee paint, because it is amazing.

The wall treatments have been ordered from Oceanic Arts. Here's my mockup of what the wall will look like:



1 foot of brown at the ceiling, which will end up being above a small shelf at crown moulding height. Then 4 feet of Tonga Matting #823, then bamboo trim, and then 3 feet of Bac Bac w/ Abaca #822 running down to the floor.

We ended up ordering:
Tonga Matting #823 - 4x8 sheets - 13 of them
Bac Bac w/ Abaca #822 - 3x26 rolls - 4 of them
Bamboo #1016 - 1.5"x8' poles - 30 of them

We're hoping to start putting it onto the walls before the end of the month.

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Jeff Bannow
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From: Detroit, MI
Posted: 2016-06-08 12:03 pm   Permalink

One final update for now. While at the Mai Kai earlier this year, I fell in love with the figurehead in the Molokai Bar.


Photo by The Tiki Chick, of the figurehead at the Molokai Bar.

Following in that tradition, we ordered this lovely lady to adorn the post to the right of the bar itself.



Mine is the one that sold, not the one being repaired as listed in the image. We ordered her from Nautical Antiques in Galveston, TX. They had her custom carved in Indonesia. The price was surprisingly affordable.

http://piecesofship.com/picturesIndonesia2016.html

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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2016-06-08 2:58 pm   Permalink

wow very cool! cant wait to see the updates! youve got a great space to work with! id keep an eye on those 3 lushes, they look like trouble!!!

 
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Jeff Bannow
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Posted: 2016-06-08 3:21 pm   Permalink

The current cocktail menu. Still a work in progress for sure, but it's coming along. All artwork is placeholders until I can get something custom.

















I use these for the menus. They have worked great so far.

http://www.amazon.com/10-Pack-Panel-Covers-Book-Style/dp/B00ESG60TM?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Note: I was able to get them for cheaper than the Amazon price listed.
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Posted: 2016-06-08 5:00 pm   Permalink

Alright!! Another Michigan Tiki holdout. Please keep us up to date!!!!

 
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Jeff Bannow
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Posted: 2016-06-09 08:25 am   Permalink

Thanks guys. Will definitely be posting more photos soon. Should have the ceiling painted by the end of the week. Can't wait for that - the drywall patching has been killing me.

 
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creativenative
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From: Island of O'ahu
Posted: 2016-06-09 1:54 pm   Permalink

Great start. Funny my wife and I are planing to move to LA area in the beginning of next year because of her work. Look out SoCal TCers here we come! Anyway we are keeping the Hawai'i home for future retirement and we are going to keep the L.A. place small and simple, in other words no room for my tiki stuff. Meanwhile a son and a daughter has moved to the Detroit area, for various reasons, and I'm going to help my daughter buy a place WITH a basement. Planing on buildings a tiki escape in her basement for me and other Detroit TCers. Can't wait to join you Jeff.

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mikehooker
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Posted: 2016-06-09 2:03 pm   Permalink

That's a lotta drinks for a home bar menu!!! Looks great for a rough draft though. I usually just choose 3-4 four options for people when we have gatherings to make it easy on myself.

 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2016-06-09 3:14 pm   Permalink

I agree with Mike. It is great to have a big variety of drinks on the menu, but you have to keep ALL of the ingredients for all of those drinks on hand. I made my bar menu with a dozen drinks a little over 3 years ago. NOw, no one really orders off the menu, they either drink what I am making or I'll come up with something for them. Usually I will have just 2 or 3 drinks on special for the night and that is plenty.

I am sure you will figure it out for yourself. Try it for a bit and tweak it. That is what we all do with our home bars. Looks like it is coming along great for you. A fun project!


 
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Jeff Bannow
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Posted: 2016-06-10 05:07 am   Permalink

I love mixing cocktails, so when we have 10 people or less over I love being behind the bar mixing drinks. If we have a larger crowd, I'll be picking 4-5 cocktails and pre-batching them for easy serving. For the next party, we might even consider hiring a bartender for the evening.
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Jeff Bannow
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Posted: 2016-06-10 07:05 am   Permalink

Big thanks to Doug Horne. Got another new piece on its way.



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