Luckily I still have all my souvenir ceramic coconuts. I have a menu and a little Menehune creature that came with one drink too.....Mr. Wit liked the Fogcutter and I loved the Scorpion, naturally, with its beautiful magnolia flower floating in the bowl.
"The iconic high-peaked Polynesian entrance and towering islander totem pole still stand near the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel. But Trader Vic's, the legendary Rat Pack watering hole that helped launch a national tiki-bar craze, has officially been downsized.
Quietly (tiki enthusiasts allege secretively) the restaurant that introduced mai tais to the mainstream closed its doors April 29, prompting howls of protest from L.A.'s community of tikiphiles.
'I say to descend on [Trader Vic's] en masse and strip it of everything and then burn it down,' wrote one contributor on the Tikicentral Internet message board. 'THEN folks would think twice before closing their tiki bars.' "