Restaurant, Bar & Bowling Alley
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Opened in 1961
Closed in 2007
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Outside sign at Leilani Lanes in Seattle
April 2007, photo by Tami Whitaker
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Once upon a time, this place may have been a very cool tiki bowling alley... and for a long time I didn't see much tiki here. I must have been blind, for while there is not much, there is some. There is a large tiki at the entrance, two small tiki masks at the front desk, modern purple painted tikis on the side walls, and most remarkably, three large Witco pieces near the bathrooms on the bar side of the bowling alley. Some more Witco can be seen peering up from the offices behind the scenes. Aside from the bathrooms, there's no evidence of tiki remaining in the bar area, but the bar area does retain some charm, with a freestanding hammered metal fireplace and small operating water feature.
Why was I not seeing the tiki before? I blame the carpeting, which is distractingly modern and looks like a design that could have been used on a child's plastic birthday tablecloth in the mid '90s.
Sadly, reports in October 2005 have it being slated to be demolished to make way for a massive apartment & retail complex. Current plans call for it to remain open until March 2006.