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Kahiki Supper Club

Columbus, OH
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3583 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH
Opened in 1961
Closed in 2000
No longer in operation.

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Kahiki Supper Club

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Kahiki Supper Club is a legend in the tiki world - a massive polynesian palace in the frozen land of Columbus, Ohio. Kahiki founders Bill Sapp and Lee Henry started work on the Kahiki after their bar, the Grass Shack, burned down on this site in 1959. Sadly, I never got to see Kahiki, it closed in 2000. The Kahiki's building was a classic example of midcentury polynesian pop architecture, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Despite this, Walgreen's purchased the building and bulldozed it. The Kahiki company now is focused on selling a line of frozen foods.
Some of the interior decor had been stored in a warehouse, and there was talk of the restaurant reopening in a new location. The potential for that seems to have ended: some of the decor was installed in the frozen food factory; the Kahiki's last owner, Michael Tsao, has died; and many of the remaining artifacts appear to have been sold at auctions.
However, the Kahiki has not entirely died... in 2006, former employees opened a new restaurant in a strip mall in nearby Hilliard, called Tropical Bistro
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Tropical Bistro
Hilliard, OH
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. It doesn't have the Kahiki's grand looks (much of the decor comes from the space's earlier, typical Chinese buffet incarnation), but the food and drink recipes remain the same, and drinks are served in tiki mugs.

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April 28, 2015, 1:05 AM
My dad used to be a valet at Kahiki in the 1960s. Back then everyone wore formal attire and it was very classy. Over the years it became more of a family-style restaurant.

My family had numerous birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations there. Any time we had visitors in from out of town we'd take them to Kahiki. My husband and I even had our wedding rehearsal dinner there in 1999.

Like most other locals, we were really sad to see Kahiki go. It was a very special place for us. Thankfully we have some pictures of our fun times there and lots of great memories.

Thanks for sharing the information and photos you have on Kahiki. It was such a unique place and I'll never forget it.
July 21, 2012, 6:25 PM
I grew up in Whitehall, the town just east of the railroad line that ran past the Kahiki (the tracks are gone, too). My family only went there a few times when I was a kid. Wish I'd kept the tiki charms they gave out to younger guests.

Sad to say, I didn't stop by as an adult when I had the chance. I couldn't imagine it wouldn't always be there. I used to commute to downtown Columbus by bike and passed it scores of times. Its exterior never failed to impress; the roof line alone was visible for blocks in either direction.

I was living in Cincy during the demolition. I didn't even know about it. The hole it left in the sky is still there. . . .
March 29, 2012, 2:25 PM
My parents were invited to the Grand Opening by one of the three original owners who they knew from the Jong Mea. My son refuses to shop at ANY Walgreens to this day. I miss the torches when I drive pass.
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