cahi61 do you have that link to the Crying Onion?
wow Trivia fun - thanks for all the info. It will come in handy for my new book called 'The Lost Restaurants of Tucson' soon to be published by The History Press. In the book both Pago Pago and Aku Aku are mentioned. Dean Short died about a month ago. I believe the 2200 Club was that building at onetime but the dates are a little fuzzy in my research.
I agree a need for expansion ... I love San Antonio, Texas but I miss eegees in Tucson, Arizona . Any chance of expanding this way ?
Do you know what happened to the 2200 Club and/or the building after 1983? So far the trail has run cold on that, so I'd be curious to know.
(By the way, there is a fun ad in the Tucson Daily Citizen Dec. 16, 1966, with a map of the Miracle Mile area listing popular restaurants, etc.: it's worth checking out for research reference, or just for Trivia Fun!)
As to the closing date of Ports O'Call: the owner, Dean C. Short, sold it in 1980 to one James R. Riley and Bali Hai Associates. It was renamed Bali Hai, and it operated at a loss until 1981. A subsequent legal dispute over the sale led to Short regaining ownership, and in 1983 her reopened it as the 2200 Club
(you can read about the interesting case at Leagle.com, Short v. Riley, No. 2 CA-CIV 5536). I can't find anything after that on the 2200 Club, so I assume its operation was short-lived.
Thanks for the correction on the address of Pago Pago, Ports O Call, and Aku Aku! I knew there had been a change over the years, but didn't know the details, and then with the fire information I thought that definitely made it a different location. Thanks for clearing that up, great article got me into doing some research :) When I worked on a survey for downtown I wasn't aware of the change on Congress years ago when the center of town changed. Odds and evens were opposite from what they were later, gave me a heck of a problem for awhile. Appreciate the history!
Actually, correction to prior correction (posted by cath61): 2201 N. Miracle Mile and 2201 N. Oracle Road (both N., not W. back then) were the same address: in October 1960 segments of Drachman St., Oracle Road, and Casa Grande Highway were officially renamed the "Mircle Mile Strip"; so, 2201 Oracle Road officially became 2201 Miracle Mile in Nov. 1960. Many people and businesses were slow to adopt the address change (and some never did). This is why you can find newspaper ads from the 1940s to 1960s with both 2201 Oracle and 2201 Miracle Mile listed as the address for Pago-Pago (opened 26 Nov. 1947), which became Aku-Aku in 1966, and which finally reopened as Port's O Call in Nov. 1967 after the April 28, 1967, fire (source for all: Tucson Daily Citizen, 1947-1977).
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