I had the very good fortune of drinking and dining with The Coconut Club a few nights ago at Sonny’s Hideaway in Highland Park. The whimsical and kitschy tiki-inspired experience created by chef Andy Windak and cocktailian Nathan Hazard is QUITE a production. They, with help from Elena Lepkowski, pop up from time to time and offer a multi-course meal with cocktails, and the whole thing is emceed by the fabulous Darren Herczeg (and his brass gong.)
There are personal pu pu platters with mini tiki torches, jello shots in an oyster shell, a smoke-emitting prop volcano, a literal shrimp cocktail and obscure films from the 60′s and 80′s (even a island-themed Golden Girls episode) projected onto a screen in the dining lanai. Everything is so well done, creative and thoughtful. And fun! For more information about how this whole thing came to be and a fun Q & A with Nathan and Andy, check out this article I wrote for Liquid LA.
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