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Last Gasp - Victoria Inn, New Start - 12th Avenue Grill

KaimukiMan Sep 25, 2013 11:08 AM

The Old Victoria Inn sign is being painted out in preparation for the October 1 official opening of 12th Avenue Grill. They've been having a few private parties, wine tastings in the meantime.

pic downloaded from the web.

  1. KaimukiMan Oct 1, 2013 12:12 PM

    video clip from the morning news


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      macsak Sep 25, 2013 08:19 PM

      i kinda have a problem with them painting over a classic sign like that
      i read on their twitter feed that they were having problems getting rid of it
      too bad someone from the victoria inn family can't have it
      or some museum
      i wonder what happened to all the old signs that were in the space above gordon biersch?
      what was it called?
      big island steakhouse or something like that
      they were associated with pinky's in aikahi

      10 Replies
      1. re: macsak
        indelibledotink Sep 25, 2013 08:33 PM

        victoria was run by my friend's family. back in the day they also had violet's grill.

        the old sign was kind of iconic.

        1. re: macsak
          KaimukiMan Sep 26, 2013 01:05 PM

          I'm guessing they are having issues with the sign permit. I've never seen anyone paint out an illuminated sign before.

          removing the plastic panel with the words victoria inn isn't a big deal physically, there is no reason not to give it to the family - if they want it. I have trouble seeing it as iconic, after all signs like that weren't common until the 1970's. its not like the neon sign for McCully Chop Sui that was there from the 1940s. But its all a matter of perspective I suppose.

          1. re: KaimukiMan
            indelibledotink Sep 26, 2013 01:51 PM

            lol, i wasn't born til 1980.

            1. re: KaimukiMan
              manomin Sep 26, 2013 04:54 PM

              Gee because it's de rigeur to comment on everything......I'll add that I agree about the McCully sign. I loved their sizzling seafood platter amongst other things.

              1. re: manomin
                macsak Sep 26, 2013 06:10 PM

                sorry i brought it up

                1. re: macsak
                  manomin Sep 26, 2013 06:19 PM

                  Oh, I'm glad you did. It is odd to think they have to paint a sign for their own business. I am most happy for them and this move, gonna be great things happening! I did not mean for you to take offense macsak.

                  1. re: manomin
                    macsak Sep 26, 2013 07:47 PM

                    no prob, mano

                    on a side note, going to try signature steakhouse happy hour sunday!
                    will likely check out 12th ave grill sometime soon too

                    1. re: macsak
                      indelibledotink Sep 26, 2013 08:40 PM

                      if you're not going to sit at the bar, make sure you don't get the table rightr by the piano.

              2. re: KaimukiMan
                macsak Sep 26, 2013 06:11 PM

                yeah, i think it was a permit thing

                that place i was talking about at aloha tower had the charlie's fishing supply neon sign
                it was awesome

                1. re: macsak
                  KaimukiMan Sep 27, 2013 10:22 AM

                  now that's a sign i remember. i didn't know it ended up at big island steakhouse (one of many failed businesses at aloha tower.) who'da thunk that building a shopping/dining venue with virtually no parking would be such a bad idea . . .

            2. indelibledotink Sep 25, 2013 07:58 PM

              are they like a big city diner, or how would you describe them?

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              1. re: indelibledotink
                macsak Sep 25, 2013 08:16 PM

                no no no
                check out their menu online
                it's kind of a bistro, i would say
                they are also the owners of SALT
                and their chef is opening cucina in the whole ox space oct 1

              2. c
                curiousgeo Sep 25, 2013 02:40 PM

                Hope they are able to maintain quality at the larger venue. I did like the old location, small and cozy, a perfect neighborhood restaurant. Wishing them the best.

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