Polynesian Village was located in the Hotel Somerset and operated for twenty years, from 1948 to 1968. Designed and supervised by Skipper Kent (and his wife) who also opened another location at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago.
Inside you would find a relaxing native village with green tropical foliage and rare blossoms and native huts inspired by those from Sumatra, Bali and Java. Skipper Kent included a collection of South Pacific tribal knives among the hundreds of other relics to create the lush atmosphere.
Visitors would enjoy soft music and refreshing beverages served in huge coconut shells. For a $1.60 you could order Skipper Kent’s Zombie along with some barbecued spareribs for $1.25 basted with the Skipper’s own sauce.
Eventually, bought by Bobby Set and became the Aku Aku. The Hotel Somerset was converted to condominiums in the 1980s, but from the outside it still doesn’t look much different from when it was built in 1897.
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