Saturday, June 07, 2008

Dana Point, Sam's Seafood & Buena Park

Today's image shows Dana Point in about 1927. Although development began in the 1920s, Dana Point did not incorporate as a city until 20 years ago. Residents voted to become a city on June 7, 1988, with a vote of 6,948 to 1,818.
There's good news about Sam's Seafood (recently renamed Kona) in Sunset Beach. Co-owner Chuck Purrington writes, "The landlord... has shelved his plans to develop the site! We are moving onward and upward! I will be introducing Tiki Sundays at KONA beginning Fathers Day the 15th with The Smoking Menehunes playing live... The Tikiyaki Orchestra is also booked for Friday, July 11 and Friday, July 25th." Although it's been tweaked a bit since it re-opened, Sam's/Kona can still claim the title as the last surviving Polynesian-style restaurant (and/or bar) in Orange County. In other words, outside the Enchanted Tiki Room, this is the last authentic place in O.C. to get your Mid-Century tiki fix. Show your support by stopping in and asking to have your mai tai served in a tiki mug.
Someone posted footage to YouTube of the historic Whitaker-Jaynes Estate and the Bacon House. Both homes are located at the Buena Park Historical Society's "historical petting zoo," just off Beach Blvd.


EDGE4194 said...

Thanks Chris for the picture of the "Scenic Inn". I've never seen that shot before. It's an interesting view taken at low tide from approximately where the Ocean Institute is now. The rocks from this pavilion were reused in the restroom complex located near the same spot at the corner of DP Harbor Drive and Cove Rd.

ItsNotAPlace said...

Actually that YouTube video seems to have been posted about 2 years ago. If you would like to see a more up to date tour of the houses online... (with actual text and information as apposed to a quick zip through the houses with a video camera) a professional photographer (Dave Gionet) recently donated his skills to beautifully photograph the two houses. A photographic tour (not video... but still images) is available on the BPHS website.

BTW Chris... "historical petting zoo"? What is that in reference to?

Chris Jepsen said...

It's a term I adopted from Phil. A "historical petting zoo" is someplace where you gather together a bunch of historic structures and/or large artifacts in one place -- often as an alternative to the bulldozer. The Garden Grove Historical Society, for example, has a nice historical petting zoo. Usually, these things start with one "in situ" historic structure with some land around it, and then gradually more stuff is moved onto the site from other parts of the City.

ItsNotAPlace said...

Ahhh, I see. Yeah, "historical districts" and "historical parks" seem to be like that... kind of a nice "dumping ground" where historical parts of a city can be placed to "get them out of the way of progress" when a city or developer wants to use the actual historical location for new things.

In a way it is sad that these things get sent to a "retirement home"... tossed in with all the other "old stuff" from the city, but I supposed it is better than them getting the bulldozer.

Clever term... now that I understand it... I like it.