|Sabu The Coconut Boy|
Joined: Aug 20, 2002
From: Carson, California
|Posted: 2003-12-15 7:07 pm  Permalink|
Name:Jade Restaurant & Tahitian Lounge
1950s images of the Jade Restaurant in Kingman, AZ show a classic modernist building.
Even in the early 1960s, the building lacks any indication of tiki:
Then, sometime in the Sixties, the Chinese restaurant added Polynesian items to the menu and built the \"Tahitian Lounge\", a thatched add-on to the side of the building, with a garishly-painted root-ball tiki out front:
The back of this postcard states: \"JADE RESTAURANT and COCKTAIL LOUNGE. American, Polynesian, Cantonese Foodes. Pride of Highway 66. Polynesian Dining Room. Kingman, Arizona. Phone 753-2644. Tommy & Gracie Choy.\"
I was in Kingman a few weeks ago and visited the old site, right next the still-operating Arcadia Lodge (909 E. Andy Devine). Remarkably, the old Jade Restaurant building is still there, but no trace of Tiki is left. It looks like it is vacant and available for lease. Here's a photo I took: