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Bahooka Ribs & Grog

Rosemead, CA
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4501 N. Rosemead Blvd
Rosemead, CA
Opened in 1976
Closed in 2013
No longer in operation.

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Bahooka Ribs & Grog

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Humuhumu’s description

This was the second Bahooka location, and the one that lasted into the new millenium. The original location in West Covina
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Bahooka Ribs & Grog
West Covina, CA
Bar & Restaurant
operated from 1967 until 1980. Bahooka was lit quite dimly, which contributed to its labyrinthine feel. Aquariums were everywhere -- over 100. The decor could perhaps be described as more nautical than truly tiki, with many items salvaged from a Navy scrap yard in Long Beach, but tikis could be found throughout Bahooka. They would make any drink a flaming drink -- even non-alcoholic ones. Near the entrance was an aquarium holding a rather large, decades-old fish, a Pacu named Rufus, who ate carrot sticks. Bahooka was featured briefly in the film Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.
At the beginning of 2013, it was announced that the owners of the building had sold it to a group intending to gut it of all decor and turn it into a Chinese buffet. The decorations were sold. The current whereabouts of Rufus are unknown, despite a massive fundraising to rehome him. The new owners of the building, and thus Rufus, have been unwilling to produce him.

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shaftermike
shaftermike has visited Bahooka Ribs & Grog.
October 16, 2014, 3:39 PM
My wife, son and I were able to visit this great place in 2012 on the way back from a Thanksgiving with family. Saw Rufus, the other million fish in aquariums and the amazing tiki decor. Sorry it's gone!!!
forgotten tikiman
forgotten tikiman has visited Bahooka Ribs & Grog.
March 9, 2013, 10:06 PM
Went to the Bahooka for the last time on friday to pay my respects and say farewell and Aloha to this magical Tiki Est. So many people have memories here. So I am glad to be a part of what everybody was talking about. You will be missed Bahooka and Rufus.
Otto von Abbattoir
Otto von Abbattoir was a semi-regular at Bahooka Ribs & Grog.
February 27, 2013, 11:52 PM
It will be missed. A perfect kid's entry into Tiki. The Chinese locals aren't hostile. The land is worth far more for whatever the Chinese will do with it than what it was currently generating. The food was icky-sticky sweet and the tanks weren't that well maintained. However, Go-Go and her flaming drinks were worth every dime.
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