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Skipper Kent's, San Francisco, CA (restaurant)
martiki
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Posted: 2003-11-17 9:37 pm   Permalink

Name:Skipper Kent's
Type:restaurant
Street:1040 Columbus Avenue
City:San Francisco
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:PRospect 6-3737
Status:defunct

Description:
Now a pub/indian restaurant.

(Please feel free to add to this!!!)



 
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martiki
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Posted: 2003-11-17 9:40 pm   Permalink

From a San Francisco visitor's guide, October 1955:



 
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TikiMaxton
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 557
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2003-11-18 1:27 pm   Permalink

Ooh, I like the idea of floating glass floats in the fountain! I'm gonna have to try that!

 
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Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2008-04-16 8:38 pm   Permalink

napkin with drawing of interior:




skipper kent's celestial chicken recipe (taken from "Ford Times" February 1953):



skipper kent interior painting (from same magazine):




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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2008-07-31 2:13 pm   Permalink


The Location as it looks now ala google maps. Looks like the interior could still have hints of its past!
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Paipo
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From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2008-08-16 04:38 am   Permalink

June 1964:

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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-09-24 7:15 pm   Permalink

Here is another postcard from the Skipper Kent's in San Francisco (saw it on ebay but lost to KC). I did capture the photo however. What a great early tiki statue on the left side of the front door. It looks like there is another one on the right side as well. Its funny that these don't really show up in the picture from 1964 posted by Paipo. It appears that the tikis were engulfed by the landscaping. This must have been a very early shot.



 
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Mike Desert
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Posted: 2008-10-20 10:54 am   Permalink

It's now "Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House".

I went there for the SF 2008 Foosball tournament.

The place is great, but only because of the large selection of beers and the few Tornado tournament foosball tables. It's more of a sports bar.

The dining area is neat and all, but if you're hoping for exotic, there is better Indian food with better decor. If you're in the neighborhood, check it out. Also "La Trappe" is up the street for Belgian ales in cool European style cellar.


 
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Coco Joe
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2008-10-20 6:24 pm   Permalink

I wonder if there's a tiki foosball table out there?

 
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tikipaka
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Joined: May 31, 2006
Posts: 639
From: New York
Posted: 2008-10-21 01:21 am   Permalink

Yea, this is what it might look like.



Quote:
^ What is believed to be the first French-Style table placed in a
commercial establishment in the USA, the "TIKI" bar in Virginia Beach,
VA circa 1970.



Whoops wrong place.


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2009-06-02 11:37 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-04-16 20:38, Polynesiac wrote:
napkin with drawing of interior:




I've got one of these for sale right now;
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=280442870841&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-06-03 4:58 pm   Permalink

I have this old B & W postcard showing the interior of Skipper Kents in SF



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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-06-15 12:13 pm   Permalink

I finally picked up the two color postcards that came from Skipper Kent's in San Francisco.

This one is from the bar with 160 kinds of rum.





Here is another of the interior.






Also found a few nice shots on the internet. Here is Skipper Kent himself. Amazing bio on this gentleman.



Another B & W interior shot.



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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-07-30 9:29 pm   Permalink

I'm working on a Skipper Kent piece for the Tiki Art Swap 2009 #2 - Poly Pop Menu Inspired Art. Can anyone tell me about this image from their menu and from the Zombie Village menu? Who is he supposed to be? Genghis Khan? Aladdin's Polynesian cousin? An irate Dom DeLuise because they are out of pork fried rice?



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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-07-31 2:03 pm   Permalink

I think it's OddJob from "Goldfinger".

Of course we are all aware that the original source of this face is the enigmatic, iconic menu cover from Skipper Kent's Zombie Village:


This image (from Otto von Stroheim's collection!) gracing one of the opening pages of the Book of Tiki is probably responsible for converting more impressionable young males to Tiki than many other BOT visuals. It's charged combination of eroticism and mysticism instantly transports its viewer into another realm - like a good Tiki Bar should do.



Yet once rational thinking takes over again, we have to realize that the elements depicted here have very little to do with Tiki or Polynesia. The artist, obviously a skilled, old-school illustrator, must have been drawing on his children's book illustration experience, and equalling "Zombie" with "scary spirit". So he come up with what obviously looks like a Djinn, or Genie, for a Zombie...



...while the dancing girl with her see-through skirt could easily be a temple dancer of the Asian persuasion, and even the men around the fire are a more oriental motif, and could be smoking a hooka pipe.

This of course does NOT diminish the standing of this artpiece as a masterwork of Polynesian pop, and merely proves again how it is a great unifier of ALL exotic cultures.


 
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