Left: a late '60s ad fro Trader Island, right: current photo from the property listing

Who Wants to Open a Tiki Bar in San Bernardino?

Left: a late '60s ad fro Trader Island, right: current photo from the property listing
Left: a late ’60s ad fro Trader Island, right: current photo from the property listing

My last article had a brief mention of Trader Island in San Bernardino, which intrigued reader Paul Christian Vasquez, who had not heard of it before. This city at the eastern edge of Los Angeles is familiar to many from its name-check in the old Route 66 song, or as a sign on the freeway when heading out to Las Vegas or Palm Springs. Trader Island opened in 1965, and by 1970 the location had become Edwin Tan’s Chinese Gardens; despite the name change the Polynesian concept remained. When Paul went digging, he learned something fun: not only is the building still standing, it is currently for sale. The 5,600 square foot building is listed at $450,000, but it has been on the market for quite a while now. I just know you’ve got daydreams that would fit in this building.

Mahalo for the tip, Paul!

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