The San Francisco Chronicle has a post online explaining that the Nob Hill hotels, including the Fairmont where the historic Tonga Room is located, are in some deep financial troubles.
I’m posting this for a simple reason: because even though we Tiki lovers want the Tonga Room to remain where it is and live on, we’re not so foolish as to want it to stay in place at the expense of the hotel going out of business. Sure, we want the room to stay put. We want the owners to embrace what it stands for. But we sure as hell don’t want the Fairmont to close.
Here’s the article: http://www.sfgate.com(tonga-room).
Still no definitive word on the fate of the Tonga Room, or the Fairmont and its owners plans to renovate. In a perfect world, the owners, the city, the public and unions would find a compromise that would be acceptable to all. Maybe if they got into the spirit of the historic lounge, sat down together for a pow wow with a couple of Zombies and Mai Tais, they could work it out. Whatever happens, I sincerely hope the Tonga Room, the Fairmont, and all involved survive intact.
-Tiki Chris for Tiki Lounge Talk