Bali Hai Restaurant
Bar & Restaurant
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Opened in 1953
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
matchbook, 126, 133
picture, 52, 130-132
text, 82-83, 130-131, 133-134
Postcard from Bali Hai Restaurant in San Diego
date unknown, from the collection of Mimi Payne
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When Bali Hai first opened, it was called The Hut, and was a subsidiary of Christian's Hut in Newport Beach. The business didn't do well initially, until the manager Tom Ham took it over and renamed it Bali Hai. Atop the building, you can still see "the Goof," a funny-looking guy who was the mascot for Christian's Hut. Bali Hai developed their own mascot, Mr. Bali Hai, whose droopy-lidded face can be seen at the front door, and on the tiki mugs. Today, Bali Hai remains a popular polynesian restaurant, with many fine examples of polynesian art both indoors and out.
How to find it:
When you arrive at Shelter Island's large roundabout, take it to the left, to the island's north-east end.
Bali Hai has its own free parking lot.