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Polynesian Cocktail Lounge

Albuquerque, NM
Bar & Restaurant
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5001 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM
Opened in 1990
Closed in 2003
No longer in operation.

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The Polynesian Lounge opened in 1990, as the bar for the New Chinatown Restaurant. It was owned by Freddie and Jane Baker. Freddie "Kekaulike" Baker was born in Hawaii and moved to the mainland in 1949, he was an extra in Hollywood for some time, before forming a band. His band played hapa haole and other Polynesian-tinged tunes all over the country, including the Aku Aku
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in '60s, where he met Jane. The couple performed at the lounge regularly, along with a hula dancing friend, Evalani.
When the New Chinatown Restaurant changed hands in 2003, the Polynesian Lounge was also sold, and the new owners have turned it into a non-tiki, cabaret joint called Mr. K's.