Alas. One of LA’s greatest weird treasures, the Bahooka Family Restaurant, is set to close on March 10. The gem, which opened its Rosemead location in 1976, is perhaps the most ornate example of Tiki architecture in the city. Not only is it full of every Polynesian tchotchke imaginable—Easter Island heads, hula dancers, blowfish, diving bells—but most of its walls are covered with fish tanks, creating the feeling of being inside Sponge Bob’s home. The restaurant’s owners have said they’re simply ready to retire, which we certainly understand, but we must admit we’re a little sad.
The Bahooka Family Restaurant. (jericl cat / Flickr) The Bahooka sign. (jericl cat / Flickr) Ruffus, Bahooka’s 33 year old fish. (Sam Lubell / AN) (Sam Lubell / AN) (Sam Lubell / AN)
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