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The Luau

Beverly Hills, CA
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421 N Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
Opened in 1953
Closed in 1978
No longer in operation.

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The Luau

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Humuhumu’s description

Steve Crane's original restaurant; after the success of the Luau, he eventually went on to open the popular Kon-Tiki
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Kon-Tiki
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Bar & Restaurant
9
chain of Polynesian restaurants.
Steve Crane's Luau was one of the Hollywood/Beverly Hills restaurants (along with Don the Beachcomber
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Don the Beachcomber
Hollywood, CA
Bar & Restaurant
10
and Trader Vic's
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Trader Vic's
Beverly Hills, CA
Bar & Restaurant
9.5
) that established Polynesian cuisine (and more importantly drinks) as de rigueur in the 1950s and '60s. The Luau produced some of the most beautiful and highly desired serveware objects (designed by Gabe Florian) to come out of midcentury Polynesian restaurants.
There is no connection between this historic restaurant and a newer restaurant that briefly operated with the same name
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Luau
Beverly Hills, CA
Bar & Restaurant
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in Beverly Hills.

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November 19, 2010, 11:58 PM
My father "Don" was the head matradee and greeted and seated the guests at "The LUAU". I washed dishes there back in 1963-64 as a teenager. The manager was a man named "Colombo". I have great autographs from that time. Some of my autoraphs include, Yvonne De Carlo, George Raft, Ernie Kovacs, Alan Shepard (First manned space flight), Tommy Sands, Debbie Reynolds, Gordon Cooper (astronaut), Sandy Koufax, Grocho, Leo Derocher, Johnny Padres, and several others. ( Please excuse my spelling) Beautiful place to dine in those days. Also working with me were George and Eli as maintenance and dishwashers. They were teenagers as well. On the weekends we would go to work and deail and clean the restruant. Most of the cheefs were Chinesse, and trully were gourmay cooks. Ben was the head bartender, and I recently worked with his daughter Mary at a high school. 17 years ago when I met Mary at the school, we would reminisce about those days. Mary and I would play together as kids, when our dads would take us to work. Small world. The address waas 421 N. Rodeo Dr. in Beverly Hills. I passed the location several years ago, and was sad to see that it is now a parking lot. Great memories! Thanks for reading my post......Don Jr.
September 11, 2009, 1:20 PM
and by the way is it worth anything?
September 11, 2009, 1:20 PM
I have a plate from the Luau should I post it? How?
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