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Whanga Rei Bar & Grill, Turlock, CA (restaurant)
Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2004-05-26 07:57 am   Permalink

Name:Whanga Rei Bar & Grill
Type:restaurant
Street:4905 N. Golden State Blvd.
City:Turlock
State:CA
Zip:95380
country:USA
Phone: 209-667-0154
Status: operational

Description:
Whanga Rei is under construction and will be a Maori style restaurant with a full service bar. It's located at the conjunction of Golden State Blvd., Taylor Rd. and Highway 99. Currently there are 2 artists from Hollywood who are constructing giant waves inside the restaurant that will hang over hungry diners. There is also Maori style Tattoo lines painted onto beams on the ceiling. A volleyball court is also in the plans with giant tikis and huge rootball tikis at the entrance to the parking lot.






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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2004-06-03 08:29 am   Permalink

The expected opening date is June 24. The interior is really looking good. Unfortunately there will be very few tikis outside the restaurant at that time. Those will be placed at the entrance to the parking lot (off Golden State Blvd.) near a huge fire cauldron in the next few months.
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2004-06-15 07:24 am   Permalink

New opening date set for July 1.

 
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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2004-06-15 07:33 am   Permalink

are there other "maori-style" restauraunts on the mainland here or is this a groundbreaker?
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Tiki Woo
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Posted: 2004-06-23 5:37 pm   Permalink

Hey JungleTrader! Is there going to be a grand opening at the restaurant?

 
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tikicleen
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Posted: 2004-06-23 8:30 pm   Permalink

all that is known is the opening date of july 1st. jt was unaware of any grand opening event...or at least he didnt let on to one happening. i do know that there wont be many tikis on opening day. jt is loaning them a few, until he gets back from hanging with gekko on da islands. (lucky bastard!)

after that, hoping to arrange a little get-together to go check it out.



 
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2004-06-25 11:34 am   Permalink

Aloha, on da islands right now.
There won't be a "grand" opening.
We're having problems getting the 10 ft. palm logs transported to the site although they may have been delivered by now. No worries here. I just met Gecko at La Mariana the other night. Fantastic place, no place like it on earth I say.
Gotta go, talk later.
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2004-07-03 11:29 pm   Permalink

New opening July 8. Delays with fire code/construction and liquor license.
Blessing in disguise, that gives me time to carve.
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2004-07-06 10:21 pm   Permalink

Hey JT - can't wait to see those pictures of your carvings in the restaurant!

 
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2004-07-06 11:47 pm   Permalink

As for the inside, there won't be many "new" tikis for TCer's. I have loaned the owner some of Bosko's tikis and some of my old ones. There will be a few new ones outside, when driving into the parking lot. Unfortunately those will not be 100% carved till a few more weeks or so. The owner definitely wants to try to stay as close to Maori style as possible, which I commend him for that. Because Maori style is in short supply, we are using what we have for now, so it will change.
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Benzart
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Posted: 2004-07-07 12:10 pm   Permalink

Wow it sounds like my kind of place. I wish I was out there to help you dive into that pile of logs. I think I couild find a tiki or two in me. Can't wait to see the pictures.
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Tiki Woo
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From: Redwood City
Posted: 2004-07-09 11:25 am   Permalink

Hey Jungle Trader! We are thinking of going there this Saturday. Let us know if you will be around!

 
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2004-07-09 8:12 pm   Permalink

Hey Woo. c ya tonite at Minnie's.

For all the Tiki purists, you'll be disappointed in Whanga Rei. Just a little forewarning. A mechanical bull has been installed. Lotsa young people who don't care for lounge music or exotica. Live rock bands. As for me....hey my tikis are on display....that's good for me and tiki, besides, the place is only 50% complete. Lotsa work ahead of us. Lots more tiki stuff coming.

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Posted: 2004-07-10 11:56 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-07-09 20:12, Jungle Trader wrote:
Just a little forewarning. A mechanical bull has been installed.


Vic,
Only your tikis could survive/save that.


 
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2004-07-16 8:03 pm   Permalink

Ahhh, Whanga Rei, we just hoisted the first tiki. It took 10 guys to do it, (no tractor yet). We had tried earlier with 4 guys and the tiki nearly fell on one guy but he ran fast enough to get away. My strong refrigerator dolly was like a toothpick when the tiki landed on it and bent the hell out of the bottom plate. When we finally placed the tiki I was in awe of how tall it stood. Because the palmwood is weathered it looks old and very primitive like it's been there a long time. Pics soon.
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