Detroit Tiki: A History of Polynesian Palaces and Tropical Cocktails
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"Detroit Tiki: A History of Polynesian Palaces and Tropical Cocktails" by Renee Tadey
When the South Sea craze swept over the nation in the mid-twentieth century, the wave of island-themed décor and tropical cocktails did not pass by Detroit. The Tropics and Club Bali offered a warming escape from dreary Midwest winters. At its completion in 1967, the Mauna Loa was the most expensive restaurant built east of the Mississippi. With its lush interior and celebrity patrons, it did not disappoint. The Chin Tiki, with its exquisitely handcrafted features, was no less an exceptional destination. Even today, long after the Polynesian craze faded, a new generation has taken up the tiki torch and brought island flavor and flair back to the city.
Join author Renee Tadey on a sweeping journey through the tiki destinations of Detroit.