Thursday, July 28, 2011

PHOTO - CHICAGO - TROPICAL HUT RESTAURANT - 1320 E 57TH STREET - GROUP OF TEENS DANCING AND AT TABLES - 1948

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  1. I think that photo is of another place--a temporary dance hall. The Tropical Hut on 57th St looked very different--it had full-blown fake Polynesian decor: murals of luaus on the walls and split bamboo poles separating the booths and best of all, lamps hanging from the ceiling made of clusters of brightly colored glass balls. Also fishing nets with glass floats in them. I think I also remember bunches of spears on the walls. The menu was unreconstructed American. A specialty was ham steak with a pineapple ring and a maraschino cherry. The tropical drinks had paper umbrellas. There was a hostess with a huge beehive hairdo who would say "How many in your party, please?" even if you were the only person standing there. It was a child's paradise.

    I also recall Hawaiian muzak, I think.

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  2. I have the tropical hut menu from 1970's and a mothers day 1972 menu

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