Aloha Jhoe’s was an upscale tiki bar and restaurant “where the tiki gods are appeased nightly,” located in Palm Springs, CA. Opened in 1961 by restaurateur Milton F. Kreis, the decor was top notch as it was created by Academy Award winning Art Director Lyle Wheeler. Upon entering, there was the huge Royal Tiki God Aloha Jhoe, mythical God of Feast and Cordiality, a mask theme of elaborate wood carvings was seen throughout the restaurant, all presumably inspired by Wheeler’s work on “South Pacific.”
There was a full Cantonese menu, nightly entertainment and an extensive cocktail menu. For $4.00 the Orchid Bowl would serve a party of 4, $2.00 would get you a Zombie (but limit 2), and you could even have your Thanksgiving meal with turkey, egg rolls and shrimp fried rice for $3.95.
In 1968, Sherman’s Deli bought out the lease. You can still eat at Sherman’s deli, but sadly you’ll have to get your pastrami and rye at a different address than the Aloha Jhoe’s location.
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