Bali Ha’i during a Beach was special. And New Orleanians went there for special occasions. The grill during a Pontchartrain Beach entertainment park on a south seaside of a lake non-stop in 1958, capturing a inhabitant disturb for tiki that has lasted decades. The tropically flashy end became a mark for initial dates, pre-prom dishes and anniversaries. The name was taken from a strain from a low-pitched “South Pacific.” The powerful, mostly umbrella-adorned drinks had outlandish names, like a Bali-Bali or a Flaming Zorro. The grill sealed in a late 1980s. In Oct 1988, an ad was placed in a Times-Picayune for an auction to sell off all from a Bali Ha’i, “from souvenirs to chairs.”
Readers who visited a Bali Ha’i common these memories:
“It was a coolest place in town. Exotic tiki decor. Popular for pre-prom stops.” — Mary C. Ehret
“Our relatives ate during Bali Ha’i for hours…and sent us out to Pontchartrain Beach on a possess to float rides.” — Michael Shlenker
“Went on my really initial date there.” — Kathy Poche Scanlan
“The food was positively undistinguished, though a taste and a rum drinks! So. Much. Fun.” — Edward Branley
“I’ll always remember a blue tiki bowls.” — Jeanne Lastrapes Elizardi
“There was a convey that picked we adult in a parking lot that combined to a mystique of going to this outlandish restaurant.” — Jean Robbert Landry
“We used to have sorority events there when we was during UNO! Loved it.” — Ann Tuennerman
“Some of a ladies in my family danced hula there. I’ve been conference about it all of my life.” — Nickolaus Crawford
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Mike Scott contributed to this story.