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Trader Vic's Pop Up at Capital Hilton-Washington DC this Summer

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So stoked to hear the big news that Trader Vic’s and the Capital Hilton are bringing us a Trader Vic’s Pop up this summer at the historic hotel in downtown Washington DC!

A myna bird nesting on 16th St. told me about this a few weeks back, swearing me to secrecy (she/he has sharp talons) but also confirmed that it would not be in the original basement space due to accessibility issues as well as it’s been gutted for decades, used for internal hotel purposes.

Oh, and I’ve also heard a few fun surprises are being planned….ouch…that damn Myna bird again! Mahalo!


WASHINGTON (PRWEB) MAY 12, 2022 Trader Vic's Mai Tai Lounge Will Open at the Capital Hilton This Summer. We are very excited to bring back such an incredible piece of fun history from our past.

This summer, Capital Hilton is reigniting the flame of the popular Polynesian and tropically inspired Trader Vic’s restaurant inviting travelers and locals alike to experience a literal taste of the hotel’s history. Working in collaboration with the original Trader Vic’s restaurant first based in Oakland, California, the Capital Hilton team will transform The Statler Lounge lobby bar into a tropical destination, a Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge pop-up bar with traditional tiki décor from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The pop-up will also offer a handful of original food items and cocktails from the Trader Vic’s menu, including the famous Mai Tai, created by Victor “The Trader” Bergeron in 1944, to evoke the flavors and feel of the famed restaurant. Originally located in the basement of the Capital Hilton—which was at the time called the Statler Hilton—Trader Vic’s was in operation from 1961 to 1995 and, with its location just two blocks from the White House, often hosted politicians, including Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, the latter of whom was a frequent guest.

“We are very excited to bring back such an incredible piece of fun history from our past,” said General Manager of the Capital Hilton, Paolo Pedrazzini. “In such close proximity to the White House, Trader Vic’s at the Statler was a sort of tropical getaway for presidents, diplomats and Washington, DC locals. We’re looking forward to sparking that magic again with our Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge pop-up in the Statler Lounge.”

To enhance the experience at Capital Hilton, guests will be invited to take part in the fun with a self-portrait area that will be decorated with the same tiki décor so that guests can commemorate their Trader Vic’s experience with an Instagram-able moment.

“Trader Vic’s seasonal return to the Capital Hilton and to Washington, DC is a wonderful homecoming of sorts and an exciting opportunity to come back to the exact location where we served and celebrated with our guests for over thirty years,” said Rhett Rosen, CEO of Trader Vic’s Worldwide. “As we come up on our 88th anniversary we are continuing to expand globally, collaborating with established tiki enthusiasts, and introducing a new generation to an influential brand whose legacy expands far beyond our restaurants’ walls. We are grateful for our partners at Capital Hilton, and we look forward to a wonderful summer in our nation’s capital.”

Expect tiki-themed specials throughout the summer for Capital Pride, Independence Day and more as this unique experience comes to life once more at Capital Hilton.

[ Edited by Tyber Tiki on 2022-05-13 06:50:42 ]