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Bye bye Tonga Room

rworange | May 20, 2010 11:09 AM

It looks like the Fairmont probably won't be replacing the Tonga Room if they get permission to tear down the current tower.

Is Tonga Room tiki bar in S.F. worth saving?

So if you ever considered going, even factoring the long delays for construction permission, it might be a good idea to move it up priority-wise on your to-try list.

This is a rather cold, but unfortunately true comment to the article

"A lot of people like the Tonga Room as an idea, but, like me, rarely go there--and I live nearby. It's expensive, the food is second rate, and who wants to drink tiki drinks all night? "

One esoteric fact I never knew ...

"The Tonga Room actually replaced "The Plunge" which was a big, indoor diving pool from 1929 to the mid-1940s that attracted the likes of many Olympic medalists and other notable swimmers, high-profile Bay Area personalities and national celebrities. However, "The Plunge" wasn't making the Fairmont any money and was declining in favor among guests, so with an ownership change in the 1940's, the pool area was converted into what is now known as the Tonga Room -- in hope that money generated from the bar/restaurant would generate revenue to keep things afloat (pun intended)"

IMO, if the city should declare the Tonga Room a landmark, it should also force the hotel to upgrade the food.

Since the Fairmont is looking to be a five star hotel, imagine the buzz of the nation's first three star Michelan tiki bar. Maybe they could get Jeremy Fox to do a tiki tasting menu

Some other clever suggestions
- move it to city hall
- move it to Pier 39
- put it on Ebay

For anyone considering taking a gander at it, what would be the best food or drink options?

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