Monday, December 11, 2006
Anyone Wanna buy a Tiki Bar?
It's been over 20 years since I've been to a real luau. Now there's a chance that we can hold luaus right here in Berlin.
Sonia the Beautiful Tongan and Metaeta the Gorgeous Tahitian run one of the smallest but funnest ethnic clubs in Berlin: PolyCult, or the Polynesian Cultural Association (www.polycult.org). They put on hula shows and run a Polynesian float in the annual Karneval der Kulturen parade. There aren’t many Polynesians in Berlin, so they have to put in a lot of effort if they want to get Polynesian culture out there.
Now they need a clubhouse and they have set their eye on buying buying the Tabou Tiki Room, Berlin's best (and only real) Tiki bar. If they can buy it, they will set it up as their clubhouse and cultural center. They could put on shows in it, entertain visiting Polynesian diplomats and rent it out to big companies for events, alongside running it as a café in the daytime and a bar at night. And maybe the occasional Luau.
It's not going to happen unless they find a handful of sponsors or investors. So if you know anyone out there who's willing to invest in the smallest but coolest ethnic club in Berlin, give a ring to Sonia (her myspace site: www.myspace.com/lovelyzoanna) and Mataeta of PolyCult.