Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

The blow-out

Fresh when it gets here from Julie Barrett
Monday, May 7, 2007

Friday evening we took Chris to Trader Vic's for his birthday dinner. This eatery recently re-opened after having been closed for twenty years. The outside has been completely redone:

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Trader Vic'sTrader Vic's Hosted on Zooomr

The interior looks just like it did all those years ago:

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The eatery opened in 1967 attached to the Hilton Hotel. The Hilton eventually closed down and so did Trader Vic's - a casualty of the recession. The former Hilton went through several incarnations - including a Hare Krishna retreat - but Trader Vic's remained a virtual time capsule locked away. The hotel is now completely renovated as Hotel Palomar, a boutique property. You can see more of Trader Vic's here.

It as a fun evening, and Chris thoroughly enjoyed it. He's really into tiki, which is why we chose the place.

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