The ever-evolving Restaurant Graveyard series looks back at the many long-gone establishments that helped to propel Victoria’s food and drink forward. Explore the ever-growing A-Z with maps and photos here. If you have photos/stories to share, send to andrew [at] islandist.ca.
Located in the former Canadian General Electric Building at 711 Broughton St., The Beachcomber was the Victoria outpost of Jack Porter’s locally famous Polynesian restaurant chain (other locations in Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver). The long-gone lounge opened in the late 1960s at the tail end of the “tiki” craze, inviting drinkers and diners to “relax to beautiful Hawaiian music amid lush foliage and enchanting waterfalls.”
The kitsch room ticked all the tiki boxes, from fishing lamps and floats to exotic Edgar Leeteg nudes and all manner of “native arts”. The kitchen served “authentic Polynesian dishes” as well as “branded steaks broiled over live coals.”
The address would be demolished to make way for the newfangled Broughton Tower in the 1980s, the ground floor of which would house a Fogg & Suds location.
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