In case you were wondering where the idea for the 'Tiki Bar' comes from, here's the real skinny...
was the 'inventor' of tiki restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
he opened the first 'tiki' bar, gambling that in those Depression years diners would enjoy spending a few hours in a South Seas fantasy world, amid tiki carvings, thatched roofs, bamboo furniture and rain falling on the roof.
The many so-called “Polynesian” restaurants and pubs that enjoyed great popularity are directly descended from Don’s Beachcomber Café in Hollywood in the 1930s. Hugh Hefner, Marlon Brando and Fred Astaire were all regulars.
There's a great article online about the place here:
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