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Opened in 1940
Closed in 1943 or 1944
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Advertisement from Monte Proser's Beachcomber in New York
circa 1940, from the collection of Dustycajun
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Monte Proser was one of the first to lift Donn Beach's Don the Beachcomber concept, and he lifted the famous Zombie drink right along with it. Proser was largely responsible for introducing the Zombie to the east coast. He started with "Monte Proser's Zombie," a bar created for the New York Word's Fair in 1939. Based on that success, he opened Monte Proser's Beachcomber in 1940 in a space above the Winter Garden Theatre in Times Square (the same space would later hold Lanai, and then Hawaii Kai). The interiors were created by Clark Robinson.
Proser's chain of Beachcomber restaurants grew to include locations in Miami Beach, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts, Baltimore, Maryland and Providence, Rhode Island. His love affair with the Beachcomber concept didn't last long... his attention was taken by his other, more famous New York nightclub, the Copacabana. By 1944, the location had become a new nightclub, Zanzibar.