For Those Tikiheads Wondering If Trader Vic's Is Returning, The Answer Is: No.
In January, word was it was shut down due to renovations. Then, no, scratch that: "two burst pipes." Then, nothing. For the last few weeks, its Facebook friends have been mourning the quiet demise of the kitschy institution. Its phones are dead; so too its Web site. And it's no longer listed on the corporate Web site. Matter of fact, three of its formers employees -- including bartender Ricardo Prestugi -- are now at Screen Door.
As for rumors that it's being rebranded, those aren't true either: Transwestern started sending out word this week that it's leasing Trader Vic's as a 7,000-square foot retail space. So, let's all pour out a rum beverage for a fallen idol.