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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:20 pm 
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Sad day!

Anyone heard anything more about this?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:41 pm 
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https://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainm ... story.html

Mai-Kai Restaurant suddenly closes. Status of Friday’s ‘Hulaween’ event unknown
By ROD STAFFORD HAGWOOD | SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL | OCT 27, 2020 AT 2:28 PM

With no warning, the Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show announced Tuesday afternoon that it “will be closed effective today and for the upcoming months.”

There isn’t more of an explanation and calls and emails to the restaurant went unreturned. The telephone message does offer that the restaurant is “closed for renovation.”

Thrown into confusion is the 12th annual Hulaween event slated for Friday, Oct. 30, which is sold out. Plans this year were to include a drive-in movie in the Mai-Kai’s parking lot, with a screening of a the vintage horror movie “Beast of Blood.”

The announcement on the Mai-Kai’s Facebook page reads in part: “While we don’t have a reopen date finalized, we will keep our loyal patrons up to date as soon as we have more information to share.”

Brothers and tiki-life enthusiasts Bob and Jack Thornton opened the Mai-Kai on Dec. 28, 1956. It was the most expensive restaurant opened in the U.S. that year, costing $350,000. The popular Polynesian show started in 1962.

The restaurant is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:00 pm 
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This would really make 2020 the worst year ever.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:30 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:11 pm 
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I've seen a photo of the roof, there's a big hole for sure.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:23 am 
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The local paper had a longer article today. It said that Pia would not confirm speculation about the pipe, but that seems like the most likely story and the Rev says he's seen a pic. She did confirm that Hulaween is on for Friday. The Hulaween event was planned as a drive in movie in the parking lot. They can no longer serve food, but the facebook event page says cocktails will be available, and that they will contact ticket holders soon with info on how to order in advance. They were sold out, but with no need to reserve space in the parking lot for people coming to the restaurant, maybe they will add some tickets.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:58 pm 
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E33 wrote:
The local paper had a longer article today.

Here it is :)

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/fl-et-mai-kai-restaurant-closing-20201027-dumvhmu4vnaznntiqqb3zq262a-story.html

Looking forward to Friday. Will be our last taste of the Mai Kai for a while. :(


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:25 pm 
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I'm relieved that they aren't cancelling the event, although it's certainly unsettling to see something like this happen. I do hope they can get it resolved, and once they do, and the pandemic is not so much of a deterrent to travel, I must make a pilgrimage. It's been many years.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:23 am 
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The busted pipe story has been confirmed by the lawyer for the Mai Kai: https://www.miaminewtimes.com/restauran ... s-11723333

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Updated October 28, 4:15 p.m.: Steve Klesin, attorney for the Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, tells New Times a burst pipe in the restaurant's kitchen over the weekend caused extensive flooding that led to the restaurant's sudden announcement on Monday that it was closing.

"This was an unexpected event. It was sudden, it was spontaneous, and there was a substantial amount of water," Klesin says.

The attorney says the owners are making the necessary repairs and ensuring the electrical system wasn't compromised. "Safety is a primary concern and they want to protect their staff," Klesin tells New Times, emphasizing that the closure was in no way related to COVID-19 and that the restaurant will resume normal operations as soon as possible, though no reopening date is set.


I have to credit Rev_Thumper for texting me that.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:33 am 
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I hope they are able to repair without too much trouble.

I plan on being there in line when they open to show how much I missed them.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:00 am 
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I hope the clay ovens weren't affected.

The ME region of my brain says is was an inaccessible roof drain that made itself accessible. Replacing or recovering the kitchen equipment is probably the bigger task. But most commercial restaurant gear is made to NSF standards which requires that it can be cleaned. Even the heating gear under the hood can take an Ansul dump and be recovered. The kitchen communications system for that many covers all at once must be complicated, and I doubt is NEMA 4A washdown rated.

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