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Opened in 1960
Closed in 1970
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Cover of a menu from Aku Aku in Toledo
circa 1965, from the collection of bztenorsaxman
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Aku Aku was a "Polynesian Room" located in the Town House Motel, and hosted major acts between its opening in 1960 and its closure in 1970. Performers included Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, Henny Youngman, and Phyllis Diller. The Glen Covington Trio was the house band in the early 1960s. The club was owned by Irving "Slick" Shapiro, a bookmaker with a number of arrests under his belt by the time the Aku-Aku opened. The club was popular with both city leaders and the mob. It had the same logo tiki as the Luau 400 in New York City. It is unclear if the logo was lifted, or if the two locations had a relationship.