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Luau

Fresno, CA
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1663 Fulton St
Fresno, CA
Mon 10:30am-3:30pm
Tue-Fri 10:30am-8pm
Sat & Sun 11am-8pm
(559) 237-4722

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Luau

4.6

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Decor 4
Mood 2
Service 8
Tikiness 2
Tilt 7

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Humuhumu’s description

Luau doesn't have much to offer to a tikiphile—it's simply an inexpensive all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, with no tiki at all to be seen inside (not even a bar!). What Luau does have, however, is one really fabulous example of classic midcentury graphic design in its beautiful sign.
It wasn't always so with Luau. The Leilani
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The Leilani
Fresno, CA
Bar & Restaurant
3.8
just across town and Luau were both owned and operated by the Dunn brothers, Jimmy, Roy and Stanley. Luau used to have a tiki bar, and drinks were served out of tiki mugs. The Leilani and Luau both had the same mugs printed up, with both names on each: a black moai mug, and a three-face bucket mug.

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Monster A GoGo
Monster A GoGo has visited Luau.
March 2, 2016, 4:54 PM
The Luau is, as you said, nothing but an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet now. I visited it one time several years ago, just to see the tiki-ness of the place. It was almost non-existent. While the sign is cool (and I'm not even sure it's still there. I'll have to go back and make sure), I did get a glimpse of the former bar area. At the time (nearly 20 years ago) it was being used as a storage area. The bar looked untouched and gorgeous---just not a room for the public to use any more. It was curtained off from the dining area. There was also a door on the street to the bar area that read, at the time, "tiki room" or something like that. It's too bad this place didn't last or make a cool comeback now that tiki is much more en vogue than it was when i visited all of those years ago.