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Kahiki Supper Club
Columbus, OH

Welcome to the Kahiki Supper Club in Columbus, OH. At least that how you would have felt back in 2000 before the restaurant was demolished for yet another chain drugstore. The Kahiki was built in 1961 and was a prime example of tiki architecture, a south seas type of theme. The Kahiki was honored with being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

The Kahiki Restaurant in Columbus, OH was one of the few remaining vintage tiki treasures left on the mainland. Unfortunately, the Kahiki was bulldozed over in November 2000 after closing on August 26, a victim of Walgreen's expansion effort, leaving this historic treasure just a memory.

The following are photos of the Kahiki, courtesy Dirk Burhans. 03-01

 

Here's a view of the exterior of the Kahiki
Photo courtesy Dirk Burhans

"Easter Island" statues
Photo courtesy Dirk Burhans

Close up of the roofline
Photo courtesy Dirk Burhans

The marquee
Photo courtesy Dirk Burhans

Tiki front
Photo courtesy Dirk Burhans

The entrance sign
Photo courtesy Dirk Burhans

 

UPDATE 04/08 : According to the Kahiki website, the Kahiki is a producer today providing foods for supermarkets and stores. 04-08


Kahiki Supper Club
Columbus, OH
Postcard courtesy Michael Sekeres

 

UPDATE 02/09 : Here's a postcard image of the Kahiki from back in its heyday. Many thanks to Michael Sekeres for update. 02-09

 

 


 

Here is the archived posting from Preservation Alley 2000

 

The remarkable Kahiki Supper Club in Columbus, Ohio is threatened to be demolished and turned into a Walgreen drugstore. To help save this treasure from becoming the next entrant into "Where Are They Now", the Kahiki needs your support!

Please click on this website http://savethekahiki.bizland.com/ (site no longer active) for more details.

Many thanks to Nathalie Wright of the Society of Commercial Archeology for this information.

 

 

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