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Skipper Kent's, San Francisco, CA (restaurant)
MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-07-31 3:38 pm   Permalink

Thanks Sven

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2009-09-24 2:40 pm   Permalink

Thought I'd continue a dicussion over here that started (and hopefully isn't finished) on the Tiki Finds thread.

Tiki-Kate found this very cool postcard from the California Spring Garden Show, dated 1951.


... That seems to have a connection to Skipper Kent's.

The California Spring Garden Show was held in Oakland, CA every year (very near Skipper Kent's). Plus both tikis seem to appear in Skipper Kent's restaurant images.

Here's the tiki on the right in one of my S.K. postcards with a 1953 stamp & postmark (photo could have been taken earlier)




Both tikis appear to show up inside the restaurant in Polynesiac's Feb 1953 'Ford Times' illustration:


Dusty Cajun provides this exterior shot with another eerily similar moai, with slightly longer neck.



The moai in Kate's postcard also seems similar to Skipper Kent's signature mug and salt shakers.

We also know that Skipper Kent was a horticulturist. On the back of one of his early menus it states that all the rare tropical plants and flowers in his restaurants were grown in his private hot houses in Walnut Creek.

So let's speculate: Did Skipper Kent help design the 1951 display in the Spring Garden Show, using his own tikis and plants? Or was he inspired by it?

The 1951 and 1953 dates seem like very early appearances by tikis in a South Seas restaurant. Was Skipper Kent a groundbreaker in this regard? Or was he influenced by Trader Vic over in Oakland? Trader Vic was using Hawaiian Tikis and Cannibal Carvings in the 1940s. Who used the first Moai in their restaurant?

I thought Bigbro or others here might have some insights. (Sorry, I really get into this geeky kind of historical research).


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TikiG
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From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2009-09-24 3:03 pm   Permalink

No need to say Sorry Sabu, I love reading these threads.

I have a burning passion researching lost amusement parks and roller-coasters

Carry on...
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TabooDan
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From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2010-01-19 6:11 pm   Permalink

I love the interior shots of this restaurant. They are so detailed and there is so much going on! Probably one of the best interiors that we see!!

Here is another shot that is different from the above photos but still shows the same Tiki:



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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-01-19 6:35 pm   Permalink

Taboo Dan,

I tried for that postcard too, but it went for more than my budget. Here are a couple of cropped close-up shots of the card and the Tiki. Check out that drink bowl on the table. Looks like the one with the fishes on it used at the South Pacific and the Aku Aku.








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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-02-10 10:58 pm   Permalink

Saw this matchbook on ebay with a nice combo of the Tiki face from the menu and the surfing Wahine from the Skipper Kent Mug.







Mug shots from eab21's collection on Ooga Mooga


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Trad'r Bill
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Joined: Oct 14, 2008
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From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2010-03-21 3:53 pm   Permalink

I finally made it out to the old Skipper Kent building, now Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House. I wasn't expecting to see much tiki, but I was pleasantly surprised.

You can easily see the original Skipper Kent's through the new "decor":



...on the back of the building, I fond some lauhala matting and bamboo trim:



...more bamboo on this peak in the front of the building:


inside, the bar area is also very reminiscent of SKs



You can actually see evidence of SKs everywhere you look... driftwood walls:


old wooden latch:


faux bamboo support pole:


piling support poles:


and lots of *big* palm trees:



-Trad'r Bill


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2010-03-21 6:28 pm   Permalink

I have walked past Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House everytime I am in Northbeach, I always point out those famous places
Like where "Dirty Harry" & "Bullitt" where filmed and of course old Tiki places like Skippers, my wife does an excellent job
of feigning interest.

I tend to go off about,how the Tonga room used to look like with Tropical storms, erupting volcano, etc.
my first time there was in 1970.

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abstractiki
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From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2010-03-21 7:21 pm   Permalink

Trad'r Bill, thanks for the archaeological update, good work there. Although it saddens me to see these historic places devolved and flippantly modified to quench the thirst of the modern ignorant masses and owners, it is great to see significant artifacts of the past exposed and documented. Mahalo

 
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JONPAUL
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From: Venice, California
Posted: 2010-03-21 9:30 pm   Permalink

Back when we were exploring the site in 2005, there was still Tapa cloth and rope at the top of some of the support beams (see page 23 of the Spring 2006 Issue of Tiki Magazine).
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-03-22 01:39 am   Permalink

I still harbor that faint hope that one day, a full-on shot of that great cocktail islands map on the right will surface:



I mean that MUST have found use in menu form, no?


 
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Trad'r Bill
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From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2010-03-28 1:25 pm   Permalink

bifcozz was extremely nice in sending me these great shots of SKs - THANKS BIFCOZZ! He is very busy right now and unable to post these, so he gave me to ok to post:







Enjoy!
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abstractiki
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Posted: 2010-03-28 6:09 pm   Permalink

Awesome!

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2010-03-28 10:33 pm   Permalink

Sweet!

 
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1961surf
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Posted: 2010-03-29 09:02 am   Permalink

Great pics Trader Bill ....thanks.

 
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