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Arkiva Tropika is the online archive of the collection of Mimi Payne. This large collection includes a wide array of mostly pre-1970 menus, postcards, matchbooks, and paper ephemera souvenir items, mainly from Polynesian and other Exotic themed restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, bars, and the like.

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cocktail menu from Luau Hut - Washington D.C. & Bethesda, MD

Item added on November 19, 2006, 9:47 AM
Latest picture added on November 19, 2006, 10:10 AM

The Luau Hut had 2 locations in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area. Owners Moon Kim, Paul Malonson, and Bob Gibbons opened the Bethesda / Silver Spring location first, at 8407 Ramsey Ave. The second Luau Hut was on Capitol Hill, at 14 F St NW near Union Station. The restaurant ( with thatched-roof theme) was located at the street level, and the Outrigger Lounge was downstairs.

This 1968 cocktail menu is one example of how many Polynesian restaurants & bars "borrowed" artwork from each other for their menu graphics. This menu cover in particular copies exactly the artwork from the Kahiki in Columbus, Ohio. The Kahiki featured this same illustration of their signature tiki fireplace on their menu covers. The cocktail illustrations show several types of tiki mugs used, yet the hula girl mug (which tends to be the most often seen of mugs bearing the Luau Hut name) is curiously missing.

1968 cocktail menu, front cover w/artwork copied from Kahiki menu
1968 cocktail menu, inside page spread
1968 cocktail menu, inside left page w/mild & strong drinks
1968 cocktail menu, inside right page w/strong & extra strong drinks

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