Ming's Restaurant & Lounge
Bar & Restaurant
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Opened in the 1880s
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Seating in the bar at Ming's Restaurant & Lounge in Yreka
July 2008, photo by Humuhumu
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Ming's is a Chinese restaurant with an attached bar area that is semi-Polynesian themed. There is a heavy use of lauhala mats, and all the lamps are made of tapa & bamboo and look like they are probably from Orchids of Hawaii. There are dark wooden masks throughout, but they look like generically-exotic Indonesian imports of recent manufacture. Tiki mugs are behind the bar, and the sign outside even advertises "Exotic Tropical Drinks." The restaurant has a dramatic Chinese facade that looks like it has been there for many decades; the bar feels like it acquired its Polynesian bent in the late '60s or mid-'70s. The restaurant itself apparently dates back to the 1880s.
And now the sad news: Ming's was purchased by a new owner around 2002; this new owner's immigration status precludes him from having a full liquor license, and now Ming's serves only beer and wine (despite the "tropical drinks" promised on the signage). The bar area is still intact, but no longer in active use.