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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-05-07 7:22 pm   Permalink

Beverly Hills Trader Vic's Sunday 5/4/2008





















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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2008-05-09 12:35 am   Permalink

Is the Ball Busting tomorrow?

It's been in the news.........


 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2010-09-07 8:36 pm   Permalink



"President elect Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy leave Trader Vic's, a Polynesian restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Dec. 29, 1980."


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-09-07 9:27 pm   Permalink

Nixon, Reagan...which Trader Vic's did Bush frequent?

By the way, what is the status of the building? Has it been razed yet?


 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2010-09-07 9:34 pm   Permalink

I drove by a week ago and it's still there, The last I heard there's another restaurant in there for now.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2010-09-07 9:38 pm   Permalink

The last time I was at Trader Vics B.H. was 1986, I took a date there
it was not the best time for the place, lots of actors still ate there, food was not very good at that time.

And I have burned into my brain the image of the largest rats I have ever seen walking along the fence
just outside the window from our table.

from then on,I only went to the Tiki-Ti.


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-09-07 9:43 pm   Permalink

Those were rich Beverly Hills rats, going there for the coke left-overs in the bathrooms.

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2011-09-21 1:40 pm   Permalink

I don't think these have been posted yet. If they have, forgive me: Eight photographs taken by Maynard Parker in 1955 when Trader Vic's Beverly Hills was still known as The Traders. These photos are part of the Huntington Library collection and copies can be ordered online, (I may do that, to get some frameable copies).

http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=3970

These photos show the restaurant and bar prior to the first renovation - before I started going there. I thought Trader Vic's was fantastic as it was, not knowing that it was even better back in the old days.

I've created a gallery of high-resolution copies of each of the photos here: http://imgur.com/a/UJX5s. If you click on an individual photo, a nice, larger-format image will appear. I think the architectural details alone would be invaluable to someone building a home tiki bar.

I've cropped and played with the brightness/contrast of the photos to produce the highlights below:

The Entrance







The Hall to the Dining Room/Bar








A view of the Dining Room



Remember this tiki:




Now the Dining Room from the other end, looking from behind that large tiki











The Bar









Another Dining Area with a Courtyard View







The Chinese Ovens with stacks of firewood





The Gift Shop





Nice fern-wood tiki:











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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2011-09-21 1:58 pm   Permalink

WOW! I knew that over the years it had become less Tiki inside, Bigbro has pointed that out a few times but I had NO IDEA that it was that cool in the beginning. I was still happy with the Yacht Club look they had given it over the years not knowing exactly how it was before but had I seen these earlier I would've definitely been grumbly the times that I went.

 
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Hiphipahula
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From: The Valley! Female, leo,fav color pink.
Posted: 2011-09-21 2:36 pm   Permalink

So beautiful, it will always be the dearest to my heart it was the first tiki rest./bar I was in. My Grandpa was a Seabee Officer in the So. Pacific WWll he built landing strips all over the islands. Yep, "Gus" loved Vic's, it was the quintessential family important celebration venue for our family before '71 I visited until the end of it's era as so many did. Thanks Sabu...
P.s. Boris, I love the yacht club look too.... Fantastic...

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Trad'r Bill
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From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2011-09-21 3:36 pm   Permalink

Those are great - thanks for taking the time to host those high-res shots!

 
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Chub
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2011-09-21 4:01 pm   Permalink

Just a pic of me with some friends shortly before it closed.

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2011-09-21 7:45 pm   Permalink

I found some more photos in the Huntington Library archive. These were taken by Joseph Fadler of the Southern California Edison Company in November of 1961. The show the Wilshire side of The Traders at night:









These photos brought back a forgotten memory from childhood - A whole row of giant tikis flanking the restaurant on Wilshire. I remember driving by these many times with my family.







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bigtikidude
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2011-09-21 11:13 pm   Permalink

absolutely amazing,
thanks for posting Sabu.
I weep for the loss of the BH, Vics,
many good times there.


Jeff(btd)


 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2011-09-22 11:39 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-09-21 19:45, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
I found some more photos in the Huntington Library archive. These were taken by Joseph Fadler of the Southern California Edison Company in November of 1961. The show the Wilshire side of The Traders at night:






Wow. I don't recall those Moai, which match the one in front.


 
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