Chants of “ooga booga” and “toro, toro, toro” at the Polynesian-styled Tiki-Ti bar in Los Feliz have unexpectedly ceased, at least for now. The Facebook page of the legendary bar posted: “The Tiki-Ti is indefinitely closed. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will keep you posted on when we plan to reopen.”
In a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times, Tiki-Ti owner Mike Buhen said, “We’re taking some time, doing some restructuring and stuff.” It is undetermined when the tiny bar would reopen.
Buhen’s father, Ray, opened the Tiki-Ti in 1961. Located on Sunset Boulevard, the Tiki-Ti was one of the only bars in California where smoking was allowed indoors since it was an owner-operated business with no employees.
In other Shopper & Diner news:
- Shout and About, a stationery, paper, plant and gift shop, is preparing for a June 27 grand opening on Echo Park Avenue, owner Tamara Houghten announced on Instagram. Shout & About will replace shoe designer Beatrice Valenzuela, who formerly occupied the tight 375-square-foot space in Echo Park’s Del Mor building in the 1500 block of Echo Park Avenue.
- LA Eater got more details about the organic vegan restaurant that music artist Moby is planning to open this summer on Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake. Food Network host Anne Thorton will serve as top chef for Little Pine, where the menu will include items like lemon mint pea pâté, mushroom leek pot pie and cauliflower steak. The 1,500-square foot restaurant space was previously occupied by Silver Take, a restaurant that never opened despite years of construction and preparation.
- Pity the vegetarians and vegans of Boyle Heights, the land of birria and tacos al pastor. But Un Solo Sol Kitchen is making a name for itself as one of the few neighborhood restaurants focused on vegetarian and vegan dishes, Boyle Heights Beat reports. Located on East First Street, the small restaurant is owned by Carlos Ortez, a vegetarian himself. Un Solo Sol Kitchen offers international foods – from Mexican-American to Iranian fare – created to appeal to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.