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I went to Bosko's Tiki paradise this weekend...
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2004-03-15 4:26 pm   Permalink

...and was AMAZED! The Tikis and masks he is carving for that new restaurant in San Diego are gorgeous! Finally an entrepeneur seems to have had the right idea:
Not only are there going to be LOTS of Tikis, but the are going to be BIG! After the frustrating missmanagement and ignorant treatment of his fine work at the Taboo Cove, Bosko much deserves to find a fitting showcase for his work. This looks like it's gonna be a good one, knock on Tiki wood.


 
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Shipwreckjoey
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2004-03-15 7:03 pm   Permalink

Great news Bigbro. Bosko works hard and it's nice to see his efforts pay off & be showcased in a venue for all to enjoy. I'm not sure if a date's been set yet for the grand opening, but I'm startin' my countdown NOW!

 
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Rattiki
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From: Key West, FL
Posted: 2004-03-15 9:09 pm   Permalink

Quote:

[i]O After the frustrating missmanagement and ignorant treatment of his fine work at the Taboo Cove, Bosko much deserves to find a fitting showcase for his work.



Sorry for my ignorance but, what happened at Taboo Cove?


 
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ModMana
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2004-03-16 12:55 am   Permalink

I checked out the location of this new San Diego restaurant a couple of weeks ago. You couldn't really see much inside the place yet as they had the windows blocked. I can tell you that it is in a fantastic location. Right in the heart of downtown in the Gaslamp Quarter at the corner of 5th and F Street (across from Croce's).

I've heard good things rumored about this place and BigBro's comments give me even more optimism. Of course, any project is going to be made better by Bosko's incredible work. Here are some photos of the building and of the advertising posters:


Wouldn't have been my first choice of names.


Nice building but no exterior work done yet.

Yes, it is called "Mister Tiki". I'm not crazy about the name but I'll try to reserve judgement until I see the whole concept come together. As you can see on the poster, this restaurant is owned by the
Cohn Group. Corporate, yes, but in my opinion they run some of the best restaurants in San Diego. I can only hope they have half the passion of other new tiki establishments like Hale Tiki.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this!

ModMana


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Trader Woody
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From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2004-03-16 02:17 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-03-15 21:09, Rattiki wrote:
Sorry for my ignorance but, what happened at Taboo Cove?



From what I understand, some of the customers stole everything that wasn't nailed down (and much that was)while the owners responded by playing very shite non-Tiki music.

More here:
http://tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic-new.php?topic=487&forum=1

Trader Woody


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Alnshely
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: Oceanside CA
Posted: 2004-03-16 07:57 am   Permalink

Sven,
Shelley and I want to extend an open invitation to please stop by and see us on your next trip to North County. The Fabulous Lagoon Room is located VERY close to the 5 and 78. See you next time.
Mahalo,
Al


 
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Bamboo Bob
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From: OCEANSIDE, CA
Posted: 2004-03-16 08:50 am   Permalink

From the website...

"MISTER TIKI's Mai Tai Lounge will finally, open in Spring of 2004.

The restaurant design is a collaboration between the Cohns and noted San Diego Designer JLorene Gage. JLorene worked with us on the design for Kemo Sabe, Indigo Grill and Blue Point. All of our designs have incorporated the work of local artists and MISTER TIKI will be no exception.

As it turns out, San Diego is a hot bed of Tiki culture and Tiki artisans. MISTER TIKI will feature more than a dozen custom Tiki Gods and masks carved by San Diego County's own Bosko Hrnjak
http://www.tikibosko.com/about_bosko.htm.

I'm very excited about our All-Star management Team at MISTER TIKI. Jonathan Hale, our Executive Chef at Blue Point will also serve as Executive Chef at MISTER TIKI. Jon lived in Hawaii for 8 years and was Executive Chef at A Pacific Cafe in Maui. Our Chef de Cuisine will be Hawaii native, Jesse
Cruz. Jesse was most recently the opening Chef for Jean-Marie Josselin at 808 at the Aventine. He also worked with Jean-Marie at 808 in Vegas as well as Valentino's and Roy's. Our General Manager, Christopher Cooke, has worked with our Group for the past 3 years at various locations. Prior to joining the Cohn Restaurant Group, Chris was formerly a Manager with Wolfgang Puck and Scott's Seafood.

A sampling of MISTER TIKI's menu includes BBQ "Polehu" Ribs, "Ka-lua" Pork Potstickers, Trio of "Bao-Bao" Buns, Peking Duck Eggroll, Poke Platter, Hot n' Sour Duck Soup, Crab Crusted Mahi-Mahi, Shrimp Chow Mein and Pineapple Pork "Pago Pago". The TIKI BAR will offer a variety of signature tropical rum drinks (with tacky umbrellas, of course) as well as Mai Tais, Stingers,
Zombies and Navy Grogs served in retro Tiki glassware."

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Luckydesigns
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From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2004-03-16 08:54 am   Permalink

I've spent some time in the Gaslamp district, drinking and carrying on, and I can only hope that they are very aware of the music that they play there. Most of the bars/ clubs down there play nothing but the hip hop and dance music. The crowds down there are a kin to marti gras. Ugh.

It kinda concerns me about new tiki bars going up now. The younger generation out there doesn't want to sit around listening to Hawaiian music or exotica all night long. Let's face it, that stuff can put you to sleepe real quickly. This may be blasphemous (?) but maybe lounge music with a dance beat to it? I think the Tiki Tones did a record like this.

Personally, I can't stand dance or hip hop but it is the reality today in clubs/ bars. Even rockabilly or swing may be able to keep people going. Remember the bar owners are only trying to get people in the door and are watching their bottom line. Just a thought...

Looking forward to seeing what happens with this place.
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Turbogod
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Posted: 2004-03-16 09:03 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-03-16 08:54, Luckydesigns wrote:
This may be blasphemous (?) but maybe lounge music with a dance beat to it?.


Hey Lucky, Ive been trying to do something like that.
This is the closest I myself have gotten. right click save target as.

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Biotron2000
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From: Bakersfield, California
Posted: 2004-03-16 09:11 am   Permalink

Nice job, T$$! Got any more?

 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2004-03-16 09:12 am   Permalink

I'm very excited about our All-Star Management Team at MISTER TIKI. Jonathan Hale, our Executive Chef at Blue Point will also serve as Executive Chef at MISTER TIKI.
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What a trip. The Exec Chefs last name is Hale. As in Hale Tiki. And, in Germany, they used the same tapa print we did in Augusta. Twilight Zone or what!?

Congrats Bosko! I'm sure it will be top line!


 
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Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2004-03-16 09:47 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-03-16 08:54, Luckydesigns wrote:
This may be blasphemous (?) but maybe lounge music with a dance beat to it?



One of my favorite tracks of the past few years is a downtempo/electronic/exotica flavoured track called, "Ocean Beach" by Black Mighty Orchestra. I've mentioned it before, but you should check it out if you can find it. I guess if you look at current lounge music (downtempo electronica, basically) then the two styles together make sense. Perhaps this type of music would keep purists somewhat satisfied without driving away the unwashed masses.

Just my 2 Z's

-Z
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floratina
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From: West Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-03-16 10:21 am   Permalink

I like the name - Mister Tiki. Maybe he will become an enduring mascot. Already I sense that he is pleasant and accomodating, possibly even interested in the well-being of others. Sure, he may drink a lot, but he also wants to share the Tiki Goodness® far and wide.


Tiki Goodness® is a registered trademark of Martiki International, all rights reserved

...kind of.



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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2004-03-16 11:27 am   Permalink

I don't want to be a grump, but the combination of this joint's location in a trendy neighborhood and the fact that it is being opened by a management company who already own a string of shi-shi restaurants make my gut feeling about this one no different from what I found at Bamboo Hut in Schaumburg, IL (see thread on locating Tiki).

To wit: trendy slick restaurant with expensive (probably very good) food, a few token Tikis and no clue about the music or making the drinks good.

I'm positive the Bosko's work will be outstanding, but I have a gut feeling it will be the only redeeming factor at this one.

Closed by 2007, at the latest.

Hope I'm wrong, but over almost ten years of watching neo-Tiki bars open, I have pretty good radar for these things.


 
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thejab
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Posted: 2004-03-16 11:58 am   Permalink

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"(with tacky umbrellas, of course)"



Since when are drink umbrellas tacky?

What's wrong with lounge and exotica music without a dance beat? It doesn't put me to sleep. At Trader Vic's, the Mai Kai, and others, soft, appropriate background music is perfect for setting a tropical mood and conducive for conversation without having to yell to hear each other.

I wish Bosko the best of luck and I'm hoping for the best, but I'm as skeptical as JT regarding the drinks and atmosphere, so I'm not holding my breath in anticipation.
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