But as what usually happens, ever since the news broke that Bahooka was closing, tiki-loving fans have descended on the place. We stopped in yesterday and somehow skirted the crowds long enough to grab a Tonight or Never, which is just another fruity gin concoction (we're convinced that no matter what you order now it's all coming out of the same pitcher of "fruit juice and booze"), but tasty. There were plenty of people waiting for tables, but after 4 PM the place was packed. Waits have been up to two hours, and if you follow them on Facebook, the owners will let you know that there are no more available for the evening. Today they announced that it's cash only from here on out, and they'll probably run out of food sometime today, but "the drinks will be flowing" throughout the weekend.
As for all the fish and tiki knickknacks and decor, they've already been selling stuff off. At the table in the lobby there were dusty plastic macaws, T-shirts, menus, glassware (everything is served in plastic cups now, even the flaming drinks!), toothpicks, cocktail umbrellas, prints and artwork for sale. We picked up a couple of old Asahi paper lanterns that are supposedly 46-years-old (why not?). Manager Darlene Fliegel told us that there will be a sale for the rest of the stuff, the bigger stuff, the week of March 17. "It will be like a big yard sale," she added.