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Kahiki Moon....the Story
Primo Kimo
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 323
From: Vermont
Posted: 2004-04-07 05:46 am   Permalink

****** Grand Opening Update Update ******

We opened our doors July 16, 2004

*!*!*The Fisherman's Trio - July 23, 2004*!*!*


******Grand Opening Update******

Aloha mi amigos!

The Grand Opening Celebration with the Fisherman's Trio has been postponed. The city will not be able to meet to officially approve our liquor license until June 23. An unfortunate but all too common fact of business today were it typically takes 3 - 4 months to get pemits and such together. No problem though.... buys me some more time to get the place tricked out.

***** We can swizzle to the Fisherman back here July 23, 2004******


Major Contributors:
Ken Pleasant - Carvings
Miles Thompson - Logo artwork and element design (menus, coasters, etc.)
Oceanic Arts - Decor
Flounder - Artwork
KAHAKA - Tapa Lamps
Many more have offered and I will contact you SOON!
****UPDATE****

Not to be confused with the Kahiki Moon Room: http://tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic-new.php?topic=7285&forum=1

I believe this might be the first time in history a home bar has inspired the real
thing. Because of my home bar I was able to rope in some restaurant investors.

I have been ready to open a tiki bar/restaurant in my town of Burlington, VT for quite a while now with the intention of only opening if the location is prime. One basement restaurant in my town has always been this prime candidate but has always had a successful Mexican restaurant installed and it appeared that this successful eatery would remain indefinitely. After 15 years in the same spot this restaurant closed its doors unceremoniously two weeks ago. I pounced. Long story short a sports bar had beaten to the punch and submitted the signed lease, but the building owner had not signed it yet. Upon my presentation the landlord was floored and all but burned the sports bar lease in front of me. On April 1st I received my keys for a 3500 square foot bar / restaurant, my tiki bar.

I just can't wait any longer to share the Kahiki Moon.

The following pics are as I received the space....


The front entry. Imagine double doors with totem pilasters and a 4 ft mask door pull.


Looking up the entry staircase.


The lounge area


Bar Back - yuck!


Another view of the bar


A view of the dining room


Another view of the dining room


The outdoor patio

The entire bar has been removed and a good chunk of the kitchen. I will post more pics of the progress!
Aloha!
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Feelin' Zombified
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Joined: Jul 15, 2003
Posts: 1338
From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2004-04-07 06:00 am   Permalink

Very cool! Congrats and good luck.

-Z


 
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Primo Kimo
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 323
From: Vermont
Posted: 2004-04-07 06:14 am   Permalink

Aloha and Thanks FZ! It has already been and will continue to be a lot of hard work. I can't wait to wake up in the morning for hours of backbreaking labor. Really!

I forgot to mention that the decor will come mostly from TC members including:

Ken Pleasant (Keigs20) - stools/entry doors/lots 'o other stuff

Interested but as yet unconfirmed Artist - Menus, matchbooks, coasters, etc.

I will be contacting some more of you directly in hopes of securing more fine art and decor.

Mahalo!

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tikifish
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2720
From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2004-04-07 07:44 am   Permalink

There is a Chinese Restaurant in TOronto (Champion House) that is in a basement as well, and every time I go in there, I think, DAMN! This would make a fabulous tiki bar - keyhole shaped doorways, multi level dining, etc. I think they even served drinks in tiki mugs at one time...

However after watching friends go through opening a restaurant/bar here in TO, I can safely say that I won't be leaving my day job to open a tiki bar anytime soon, as that looks like an INSANE amount of work. I truly admire anyone who has the drive to do it.

I wish you tons of luck! It looks like it will be great!


 
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martiki
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 3059
From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2004-04-07 07:50 am   Permalink

Congrats! But...will there be video games?

 
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badmojo
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Joined: Apr 23, 2003
Posts: 666
Posted: 2004-04-07 08:25 am   Permalink

Holy Shit! Vermont Tiki! Finally! This 6'4", 300lb Gorilla will gladly help out on days off!

 
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Chongolio
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Joined: Oct 02, 2002
Posts: 2765
From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2004-04-07 08:53 am   Permalink

Alright Vermont! Way to Primo Kimo. Now I have another reason to get over to Vermont and see some old friends. Good Luck with everything. I am sure you will find plenty of support from the fine folks at T.C.
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Polynesiac
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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2094
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2004-04-07 09:15 am   Permalink

This is great! So many new tiki bars popping up all over the world and in areas that need them the most!

Best of luck with everything, I know it will be fantastic!
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Humuhumu
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 3691
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2004-04-07 09:22 am   Permalink

Congratulations, Primo! What fantastic news. What will your food menu be like?

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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11602
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2004-04-07 09:29 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-04-07 05:46, Primo Kimo wrote:

Upon my presentation the landlord was floored and all but burned the sports bar lease in front of me. On April 1st I received my keys for a 3500 square foot bar / restaurant, my tiki bar.




This is the kind of story that brings tears to this grown man's eyes...What more can I say, I am floored.
I bestowe the blessings of TIKI, the god of good food, good drink and good fun upon you.

Hey, are you gonna have food? Beachbum Berry's new recipe book "Taboo Table" will be out the end of May, filled with all authentic recipes (he picked the eatable ones...) from the heyday of Polynesian restaurants.


 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7925
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2004-04-07 10:05 am   Permalink

Maybe by the end of the decade there will be as many new tiki bars as there were old tiki bars.

Score!


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Atomic Cocktail
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Joined: Jun 25, 2002
Posts: 927
From: Land O' The Next Big One-L.A.
Posted: 2004-04-07 10:29 am   Permalink

Congrats Primo! I must visit-I do all me drinking in basements.

 
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tikigreg
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1255
From: ClubTiki
Posted: 2004-04-07 10:35 am   Permalink

Great news Primo! If you need some manual labor, I could work something out in my schedule during the summer. Let me know!

 
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Kanaka
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Joined: Jun 02, 2003
Posts: 402
From: Atlanta
Posted: 2004-04-07 10:35 am   Permalink

Space looks very promising Primo. Can wait to see the end result!!! Congrats and good luck!

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5861
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2004-04-07 3:26 pm   Permalink

Primo King!
A new horizon for you. I wish you all the best in the new adventure.
This settles our last destination problem for the future, Tiki Central Coast To Coast Bar Crawl!!!


 
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