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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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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2020 2:26 pm 
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It appears the closure may be longer than hoped.

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A burst water pipe destroyed the kitchen of Oakland Park’s iconic Mai-Kai Restaurant in October, and costly repairs will force the 64-year-old Polynesian time capsule to stay closed up to a year – if they can come up with the money.

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/fl-et-mai-kai-restaurant-flooding-anniversary-party-20201223-sgak6cxnj5fixnwazt77rrpfmi-story.html

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:41 pm 
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Outside of bingo, is there anything we could do to help?

I know that 2 beloved and historic (well not as historic as the Mai Kai) restaurants / bars in metro Atlanta were on the verge of closing. The pandemic has hurt their business so much, and to-go orders don't always cut. One of these restaurants, The Colonnade, was known for its older clientele, who would frequent the restaurant weekly, if not daily.

There were 2 GoFundMe's for these restaurants, and they were able to raise over $100,000 in a matter of days (links below). I've never had to set up a GoFundMe, but I wonder if something similar could be done for the Mai Kai to help with the expenses or at least employee pay.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-the-colonnade

https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-manuels-tavern

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:11 am 
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kemika_popoki wrote:
I've never had to set up a GoFundMe, but I wonder if something similar could be done for the Mai Kai to help with the expenses are at least employee pay.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-the-colonnade

https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-manuels-tavern


I forwarded your suggestion and examples over to Pia at the Mai Kai. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:33 pm 
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Sigh.... not looking good.

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Three months after water damage forced the iconic Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show to close for extensive repairs, its longtime owners are putting the 64-year-old tiki time capsule and its land up for sale.


https://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/fl-et-mai-kai-restaurant-oakland-park-for-sale-20210121-4sgnouri65g5hbcvasftkg6ktq-story.html

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:58 pm 
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Dumb question time, are we as an org in any position to help preserve this place?

I'm not sure of the scope or scale($$$) of such a task, but it would technically be in our mission statement.





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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:06 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:29 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:18 pm 
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Super sad at this news. Hopefully, someone is interested in buying and repairing and not for the land itself :cry:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:44 pm 
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Super, super sad.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:52 pm 
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I am holding on tightly to that little spark of hope that we will win the lotto. Or that they can rebuild in a new location with a new investor.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:56 pm 
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antipants wrote:
Dumb question time, are we as an org in any position to help preserve this place?

I'm not sure of the scope or scale($$$) of such a task, but it would technically be in our mission statement.





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Not dumb, but probably better in the lodge than the port: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=23968

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:05 pm 
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Update from the Mai-Kai...

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:30 pm 
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What I find most tragic about all of this is the obvious (to us) probable loss of a place of such cultural and historical significance. For us, it is a veritable temple in which we immerse ourselves to absorb all that Tiki goodness. But for so many it is also a place of full time employment for people with very specialized skill sets, such as the cast and musicians in the show, kitchen and bar staff, etc. No doubt they will be able to find some other employment, but it ain't the same working at Fuddruckers or some other giant soulless corporate chain.

Massive suckage.

I would, of course, be ecstatic if a buyer came along and was able to rescue the place, and I would even be somewhat relieved if it continued to exist, even in a smaller space somewhere else. But it is truly disheartening to live in an age where so many of our cultural heroes (in my case, so many of the greats of jazz), and so many of our temples (Tiki establishments) are departing.

What keeps me going is the fact that before these places existed, there was nothing. People built them, and it became a movement over time. The number of people who are serious collectors and craftspeople keeps growing, there are so many incredible home bars, and people are serious about conservation. I hold out hope that we will see another time when it is possible to build on that scale again.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 4:22 pm 
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From Abby Laughlin on FacySpace:
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Ok folks, here is the first hand scoop on the Mai-Kai. As a concerned citizen, I arranged a meeting on site this morning with my county commissioner, the mayor of Oakland Park, the owners and the owners counsel. Hopefully this report will dispel any false rumors. Everyone involved is working on a solution to bring back the Mai-Kai - it's a project that is going to take lots of partners to make it happen, but I truly believe it is possible. Bottom line, it's about a 7 million dollar project to restore the building. Insurance only covers a small fraction of that. The owners have to find partners to build out the parking lot into some sort of mixed use project - think "Mai-Kai residences". Land will have to be rezoned in order to make the project bankable. The owners are taking care of the building with tender loving care - coming in daily to keep it clean and free from vermin and mold. The owners rep has lots of interest from partners and I am truly hopeful that in the end we will have the Mai-Kai for many years to come. Here's a shot of the damage in the kitchen, but as you can see....blue skies are ahead. Keep the faith, everyone - and feel free to share to all the various Mai-Kai sites.

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