Bali Hai Supper Club Matchbook

Matchbook cover for the Bali Hai Supper ClubMatchbook cover for the Bali Hai Supper Club

The Bali Hai Supper Club was a Polynesian-themed restaurant in Maplewood, MN. The Bali Hai Supper Club had pu pu platters, volcano bowls, and a Polynesian dance show.

The Bali Hai Supper Club opened in 1976 by Ping and Pat Chan and closed in 2000. It was subsequently demolished and replaced with a strip mall.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Twin Cities Collections.

Curly’s Beachcomber Room Matchbook

Matchbook cover for Curly's Beachcomber RoomMatchbook cover for Curly's Beachcomber Room

This matchbook is from Curly’s Beachcomber Room. On the front outside cover is printed “Famous Steaks and Finest Liquors”, “The Fun Spot of Minneapolis”, “Curly’s”, “20 South 5th Street”, and “Between Nicollet and Hennepin.” On the back outside cover is “Curly’s Beachcomber Room” and “Famous for Steaks” against a backdrop featuring a grass hut and a palm tree. On the inside cover is the following “Number of Miles from Curly’s Cafe, Minneapolis, Minn To” with a listing of numerous cities and the distance to them.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Twin Cities Collections.

Don the Beachcomber Matchbook

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Don the Beachcombers was started in 1934 by Ernest Beaumont-Gantt. Beaumont-Gantt legally changed his name to Donn Beach. The Don the Beachcomber chained expanded to 16 locations before finally collapsing. One of those locations was in the Saint Paul Hilton in St Paul, MN.

On the front cover of this matchbook is “Greetings from Don the Beachcomber” and “Island of Mahuukona, where good rum is immortalized and drinking is an art” against a tropical island backdrop. On the reverse, it reads “Don the Beachcomber” and “Host to Diplomat and Beachcomber, Prince and Pirate” against the same tropical island backdrop but with a beachcomber lounging on the beach.

In the inside cover is a quote:

There’s nought no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion

Don Juan, Cantoz - Stanza 34

Also is listed five locations:

Hollywood, Calif.
1727 No. McCadden Pl.

Palm Springs, Calif.
1101 No. Palm Canyon Dr.

Chicago, Illinois
101 East Walton Pl.

Hotel Sahara
Las Vegas, Nevada

Saint Paul Hilton
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Twin Cities Collections.

Mai Tai Matchbook

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Matchbook cover for Mai Tai restaurant

This matchbook is from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior, MN. This restaurant closed in 1989 and was founded by John Logan, former head chef at the Ambassador Hotel in St. Louis Park. According to Tiki Road Trip, 2nd Ed. by James Teitelbaum, the Mai Tai was Marvel Comics kingpin Stan Lee’s favorite Tiki bar.

On the front outside cover of the matchbook is “Mai Tai” with a drawing of a restaurant in the background. Printed on the back outside cover is printed “Rum Runner” and “687 Excelsior Blvd. Excelsior, Minn.” with a grass hut and palm tree in the background. On the inside cover is “Famous for Polynesian & French Cuisine” and “Located on Lake Minnetonka.”

In addition to this matchbox, I have a matchbox from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Twin Cities Collections.

Mai Tai Matchbox

Matchbox from the Mai Tai restaurant

Matchbox from Mai Tai restaurant

This matchbox is from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior, MN. This restaurant closed in 1989 and was founded by John Logan, former head chef at the Ambassador Hotel in St. Louis Park. According to Tiki Road Trip, 2nd Ed. by James Teitelbaum, the Mai Tai was Marvel Comics kingpin Stan Lee’s favorite Tiki bar.

On one side is “Mai-Tai” with an outdoor picture of sand, trees, and what looks like a hotel. On the other side is a picture of the interior of the Mai Tai restaurant. It has a vaulted ceiling, bamboo chairs, Tiki statues, and other Polynesian-themed items. On the side of the matchbox is “687 Excelsior Blvd.”, “Excelsior, MN”, and “474-1183″.

In addition to this matchbox, I have a matchbook from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Twin Cities Collections.

Mr Tiki Mai Tai Lounge Matchbook

Matchbook from Mr Tiki Mai Tai LoungeMatchbook from Mr Tiki Mai Tai Lounge

Kat and I visited the Mr Tiki Mai Tai Lounge, located in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, during the summer of 2005. I liked the Mr Tiki Mai Tai Lounge because it had a sushi bar and a sidewalk patio located at one of the busier interections in the Gaslamp District. This made for great food with great people watching. Plus, the service was good as were the drinks.

I like this matchbook because it depicts a Tiki holding a Tiki torch on one side and a wahine holding a martiki on the other. BTW, the Mondo Martiki is huge. Bring a friend or two to help you drink it.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Outrigger Lounge Matchbook

Matchbook cover for the Outrigger Lounge

This is a matchbook cover from the Outrigger Lounge and Tropic Bowl in Rochester, MN.

On the front, outside cover is printed “Outrigger Lounge”, “Dancing Entertainment Nightly”, and “Fifth Ave S.E. & Fourth St. Rochester, Minnesota” next to a Tiki. On the other side is “Tropic Bowl”, “20 Lanes”, and “Elbo Room” and a shield with crossed spears.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Red Carpet Motel Matchbook

Matchbook from the Red Carpet Motel

A matchbook from the Red Carpet Motel, located at N. Drive and Babbitt Rd in Babbitt, MN. It is a place for both tourists and commercial travelers.

Found in the Matchbook Collection.

The Lexington Matchbook

Matchbook from the Lexington

A matchbook from The Lexington, in St. Paul, MN. Located at 1096 Grand Ave, St Paul, Minnesota, The Lexington was established in 1935.

Found in the Matchbook and Twin Cities Collections.

Waikiki Room Matchbooks

Matchbook cover for the Waikiki RoomMatchbook cover for the Waikiki Room

Matchbook cover for the Waikiki RoomMatchbook cover for the Waikiki Room

These are matchbook covers from the Waikiki Room in the Hotel Nicollet which later became the Pick-Nicollet Hotel.

The Hotel Nicollet matchbook is relatively simple with “Waikiki Room”, “Hotel Nicollet”, and “Minneapolis” on one side and a drawing of a Tiki on the other. The Pick-Nicollet matchbook cover has “Jolly Miller Charcoal Broiler” on one side with the following on the other: “Pick-Nicollet an Albert Pick Hotel”, “Minneapolis, Minn FE 3-3177″, and “Exotic Waikiki Room” with a drawing of a Tiki and a Tiki bar.

Found in the Hotei, Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Twin Cities Collections.

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