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Opened in 1958
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Postcard from The Islands in Phoenix
date unknown, from the collection of Dustycajun
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The Islands was a Polynesian restaurant just south of Camelback Road in Phoenix, operating from 1958 through at least the '70s. It had four rooms: the Tapa Bar, the Tiki Room, the Cannibal Room, and the Waterfall Room, which was available for private events when it wasn't used for live music and dancing,
The building had two swooping A-frames, facing in opposite directions, covered in thatch, and two cone-shaped thatched huts to the left of the main building. The exterior sides of the restaurant were decorated with oversized, graphic tapa-style designs. The restaurant was fronted by two large rootball tikis that were sometimes used as logos for the restaurant.
From the mid-'70s, it was known as Tommy Wong's Islands—Tommy Wong had purchased the restaurant and owned it for a few years towards the end. Wong had worked at the Chicago Don the Beachcomber and at the Aku Aku in Las Vegas before becoming a successful restaurateur in his own right.
Some time in the '80s, the building was razed.