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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:24 am 
Honui Moai
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Location: Iki Pohaku, AR
Personal Statement: Ohanu now!
It was during my freshman year of college in Memphis, Tennessee when the legendary Dobbs House Luau (opened in 1959) closed its doors in 1982. 36-years later, tiki is making its return to the Midsouth -- hopefully.

Brian "Skinny" McCabe, owner of the successful club/music venue, The Hi-Tone and Memphis restaurateur, Jeff Johnson, are the brain trust behind this project. It is exciting that these guys are taking a stab at "tiki." But, their perceptions of tiki have caused members of the tiki community to pause and scratch their heads.

Skinny has often referred to traditional tiki as "gaudy"...not a good way to endear yourself to the bastions of diehard tikiphiles (including me). Within the attached article, it is interesting to read his interpretation of a mai tai as being a "fruity drink with an umbrella?" As Brian Flowers noted, "this made me cringe."

The menu seems to gravitate more toward sports bar than tiki bar, too:
The menu will include items like island-inspired nachos, chips and salsa, plus dinner entrees – which McCabe said could include dishes like Polynesian spiced wings.

I continue to hold my breath, wanting and expecting this to be a full immersion of true, swanky tiki. But, at the same time I am also holding my breath, paranoid with the thought of hearing Jimmy Buffet the minute I step into Atomic Tiki.

Will the tiki quotient be very high? I'm doubtful. Nonetheless, I will enthusiastically (and trepidatiously) make my trek over to Memphis to visit and post a full report when Atomic Tiki opens its doors. I hope it surpasses all of my wildest tiki expectations! Hey, the logo is cool, right??? ... staurants/

SIDEBAR: There is a Facebook page, Midsouth Tiki designed to keep tiki aficionados in the Arkansas, Southeast Missouri, West Tennessee, Western Kentucky general area connected to any tiki developments in the area. (

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