Trader Vic’s Roundup

Here’s an update on some of the Trader Vic’s openings currently slated, from the Trader Vic’s website: Shanghai, China – Opened on New Year’s Eve Dallas – February, 2007 (it’s been pushed back many times, but February 11 is the most recent date) Las Vegas – in June, 2007 Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Bar in Dubai – April, 2007 Chicago – late 2007 (This has been pushed back quite a bit — their initial estimate was that it would be open by now. There have been rumblings of union troubles (I don’t know of which sort) causing some delays.) Doha, … Continue reading Trader Vic’s Roundup

Trader Vic's Chicago Torch Passes to Harry Caray's

With the recent ousting of the Chicago Trader Vic’s from the Palmer Hilton, local sports-bar chain Harry Caray’s has stepped up to find a way to keep Trader Vic’s in Chicago. They’ve salvaged what they could of the Trader Vic’s interior, and are currently looking for a good location, with an eye towards opening as quickly as possible, even as early as very late 2006. In the meantime, Trader Vic’s will live on at the three Harry Caray’s locations, in a way. The environment of course is anything but tiki, but the Trader Vic’s organization has worked with Harry Caray’s … Continue reading Trader Vic's Chicago Torch Passes to Harry Caray's

Trader Vic’s Update — Lightning Round!

Courtesy of Martiki: 1. Bellevue, WA- Opening date is set for March 3rd! 2. Scottsdale, AZ- Opening date is set for May 21st! (as you can imagine, those dates are subject to change without notice) 3. Las Vegas, NV- Still no opening date set, or management team in place. Should open by the end of 2006. 4. Chicago, IL- The Harry Caray people are scouting locations now, and they hope to open in 2006 if possible. Could move to 2007, but it’s definitely coming back sooner rather than later. 5. Amman, Jordan- to open in 2006 6. Shanghai, China- to … Continue reading Trader Vic’s Update — Lightning Round!

Tiki Terrace Grand Opening

The much-anticipated Tiki Terrace in Prospect Heights (just outside Chicago) will be holding their Grand Opening celebration next week, starting Tuesday, November 8, and wrapping up on Saturday, November 12. Each evening has two seatings, at 6 p.m. and at 9 p.m., with free food, and entertainment from Barefoot Hawaiian. The “official” Tiki Central gathering is happening on Thursday, November 10. While Tiki Terrace will be a family-friendly restaurant, the special opening week events are adults-only. For those who can’t make it next week, on November 19 they will have a performance by 28-year-old ukulele master Jake Shimabukura, ticket information … Continue reading Tiki Terrace Grand Opening

Chicago Trader Vic’s Closing

What began as a bad feeling about the Chicago Trader Vic’s now appears to nearly confirmed. As previously reported, things started to look fishy when the successful Tabu Tiki Nights were stopped by the Palmer House Hilton’s new management. Trader Vic’s employees have passed along the word that Trader Vic’s will be no more (in Chicago, at least) after the first of the new year. The Chicago Trader Vic’s opened in 1957; this closing comes just shy of hitting 50 years. On the brighter side, Chicago tiki is otherwise on the rise: earlier this year saw the opening of Canoe … Continue reading Chicago Trader Vic’s Closing

Trader Vic's Chicago Closing?

There are some rumors and speculation that the Trader Vic’s in Chicago is going to close by the end of 2005. The Chicago Trader Vic’s is in the Palmer House Hilton, and opened in 1957. It’s been remodeled a bit, but the bar in particular remains an excellent example of Trader Vic’s in its heyday. The Palmer House Hilton was recently sold, and it appears that the new owners may want to replace Trader Vic’s. Tabu Tiki Nights, a popular monthly event organized by James Teitelbaum, was unceremoniously shut down by the hotel recently (stiffing James Teitelbaum on some rather … Continue reading Trader Vic's Chicago Closing?