Detroit Tiki: A History of Polynesian Palaces & Tropical Cocktails

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When the South Sea craze swept over the nation in the mid-twentieth century, the wave of island-themed décor and tropical cocktails did not pass by Detroit. The Tropics and Club Bali offered a warming escape from dreary Midwest winters. At its completion in 1967, the Mauna Loa was the most expensive restaurant built east of the Mississippi. With its lush interior and celebrity patrons, it did not disappoint. The Chin Tiki, with its exquisitely handcrafted features, was no less an exceptional destination. Even today, long after the Polynesian craze has faded, a new generation has taken up the tiki torch and brought island flavor and flair back to the city. Join author Renee Tadey on a sweeping journey through the tiki destinations of Detroit.
ISBN: 9781467145329
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Michigan
Images: 150
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Renee Tadey was born in Detroit and continues to reside in the metro area. She is passionate about all things vintage, from automobiles and architecture to film, clothing, home furnishings and lifestyle. She is especially fond of mid-century modern design. She and her husband have traveled extensively throughout Michigan and the Midwest, exploring and enjoying the Rust Belt cities; she has been blogging about their adventures for nearly a decade. This is her first book.
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