Johnny Quong’s The Hawaiian - Salt Lake City, Utah
Located on “restaurant row” in Salt Lake City, The Hawaiian was the most impressive Polynesian establishment in the area. In business from the mid 60s to the 80s, restauranteur / owner Johnny Quong created a Polynesian haven that guests described as “magical.” The decor was classic tiki with bamboo, lava rock walls, outriggers, carvings, and puffer fish. But what everyone remembers is the monsoon that would bring the rain inside where the lightning would erupt and shake the walls.The storm would surprise and delight guests and terrify young children.
There were nightly floor shows in the center of the dining room on SLC’s first and only revolving stage where the luau entertainers performed. The restaurant and buffet served a combination of Hawaiian, Cantonese and American menu, and of course tiki drinks. Quong owned many restaurants in the area including Tiki Hut and Pier 54 but considered the Hawaiian his masterpiece.
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