Fans of Tiki Culture is pleased to find it’s alive and well and poised for a triumphant comeback in the United States. Fueled by the latest dismal economic people and developments searching for some sunshine among the gloom, Tiki restaurants and lounges are starting to appear anywhere!
The beginning of Tiki Culture
Nearly all individuals that know just a little about Tiki think it started with WWII soldiers that brought back stories and souvenirs from the South Pacific. Nevertheless, Tiki predated the soldiers’ return by over a decade!
In 1934 Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, a twenty-seven-year-old business owner, opened a bar inside a former tailor’s store and called it Don the Beachcomber. He’d constantly loved the lifestyle and also decor of the South Pacific and utilized souvenirs from his journeys in his new company.
Fishing nets, conch shells and starfish hung on the wall space and areas of older wrecked boats lay scattered about artfully. He featured exotic rum drinks, primarily because rum was the lowest liquor to be had. His slogan was “If you cannot get to paradise, I will take it to you!”. The using chickee huts as a Tiki bar was a raging success, and others started imitating Gantt’s secret system.
The Tiki Culture Grows!
Gantt’s ideas started to be so prominent that Tiki decor began infiltrating homes, restaurants, and offices. It started to be prevalent to find out a minimum of 1 Polynesian style restaurant in every big town with flaming torches outside the entry and fearsome Tiki gods guarding the doors. Inside, the selection typically listed exotic Cantonese dishes which were served by a wait staff attired in sarongs, grass skirts or maybe some other island apparel. Small individual Tiki Huts have been ideal for private parties.
Patios in the suburbs sported colorful lamps during the night, and also backyard grills have been lit by Tiki torches. Almost every household had a minimum of a few coconut monkeys or maybe Tiki god drink glasses. The Tiki Culture was well on its way!
The Resurgence of Tiki
Though lots of the Tiki restaurants ultimately closed their doors during the 80’s and 90’s and coconut monkeys have been consigned to dusty attics, Tiki Culture has constantly had some loyal fans that refused to forget about the romanticized island food, beverages, and decor.
Even though generally there are not lots of Tiki restaurants and bars, Tiki has resurfaced in fashion, parties and home furniture. Rattan furniture is experiencing brand new recognition, exotic rum drinks are making a comeback, and elegant island lines are visible in home accessories and also furniture. The colorful floral upholstery of the 60’s is very popular today, lending numerous restaurants and residences the warmth and romance of the South Pacific.