Club Kona

El Cerrito, CA
Bar & Restaurant
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303 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA
Opened in the 1930s
No longer in operation.

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Club Kona dates from the pre-tiki era when elegant tropical nightclubs were themed with palm trees and bamboo. It was owned by Henry, Dolly and Phil Molino. It was initially located at 316 San Pablo Ave., and reopened at 303 San Pablo after a fire in early 1938.
From February 1948 to February 1949, Club Kona was temporarily leased to Lloyd Johnson while the Molino family took a vacation necessitated by Henry and Phil Molino being on probation for a gambling charge.


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September 2, 2008, 3:17 PM
One more item, I am desperately looking for a photo of the OUTSIDE of the Club Kona, if nay one has such a thing please let me know,
September 2, 2008, 3:15 PM
The grand reopening of the new Club Kona was April 20th 1938.
And Yes, I will be happy to share some more items here.
September 2, 2008, 3:12 PM
The Molino's opened the original Club Kona open in 1933/34 at 316 San Pablo Ave. After a fire in Feb. of 1938 a new club was built at the final location of 303 San Pablo ave. Some time around 1954 the numbering system for San Pablo Ave, was changed and the address became 9901 San Pablo Ave. This is directly across from the west entrance to the El Cerrito Plaza shopping center. The cross street was Carlson. After the Club closed (in about 1960) there was a McFarlands Ice Cream/candy store. A Payless Shoe Source now occupies the site.

The Molino family owned the Club till about 1959 when Phil went off to found his own place (Phil's Hut in Orinda/Layfatte).
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