Downtown Spokane will soon have another spot to tai one on.
The Tiny Tiki is slated to open on West Second Avenue, according to the forthcoming bar’s Facebook page.
Claire Fieberg, bar manager of the Bartlett and a member of the local band Super Sparkle, is planning to open the new bar at 307 W. Second Ave. by, she said, May 1.
A recent Instagram post from the Bartlett praised Fieberg’s “beautiful smile, hard work ethic and love for music and people.” The music venue also said it’s “so sad to see her go but so happy it’s because she’s opening her own bar not far away from us.”
American tiki culture and cocktails generally trace their roots to California in the 1930s – with the opening Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood and Trader Vic’s in the San Francisco Bay Area. The trend – with its tropical rum drinks served in kitschy tumblers adorned with paper umbrellas – remained popular through the middle of the last century.
Some spots, such as Tiki Ti, which opened in Los Angeles in 1961 and remains largely unchanged, still are. But island fever mostly eased up by the early 1970s.
Spokane’s own short-lived Polynesia restaurant, with its signature roofline, opened in 1965 and closed in 1966. Today, it’s home to the Anthony’s at Spokane Falls seafood restaurant.
During the last couple of years, however, tiki has been trending again – particularly in larger cities across the country. (It’s true. Google it.)
Other than a few – but popular – tiki nights at Durkin’s Liquor Bar in downtown Spokane and the “Spokane Imbibes” cocktail class from Renee Cebula on “Rum: Colonial Tavern to Tiki Bar,” the resurgence hasn’t really hit Spokane – yet.
The Tiny Tiki just might bring the return of tiki, albeit with a modern twist, to Spokane.
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/thetinytiki.