Tiki Central / Locating Tiki
Kona Kai, Athens, Greece (restaurant)
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I strongly advise getting a cab if visiting as it's situated on a very busy road away from the tourist area of the city.
A full review can be found at: http://www.traderwoody.iwarp.com/konakai.html
I'm having fun resurrecting various “Locating Tiki” threads from the backmost page of the forum. This time the establishment is still in business!
The Kona Kai is in the basement of the Athens Ledra Marriott hotel. It includes the Bali Lounge which serves tropical cocktails, a Polynesian restaurant, a sushi bar, and teppanyaki – all rolled into one.
The link to Trader Woody’s review of the Kona Kai (see his initial post above) is still active and is worth reading. I’ll excerpt the most informative part, the information for which Trader Woody gleaned from a visit to the Kona Kai during which he talked to members of its staff.
Brochure advertising the restaurant (includes some photos):
Menu (in both Greek and English):
A special offers flyer showing a flaming communal drink (the Scorpion Bowl perhaps?):
And here are some photos I grabbed from the web site.
Critiki also has a listing for the Kona Kai in Athens including still more photos:
Anyone up for a holiday in Greece?
The Ledra Marriott hotel lost its Marriott affiliation in December 2013. Despite some predictions at the time the hotel would surely be picked up by some other large chain, this did not happen. The hotel operated independently following the break-up, calling itself simply the “Athens Ledra Hotel”.
The Kona Kai restaurant inside remained open and essentially unaltered. Its name was changed to “Quona Qai” for about six months (I love that name), and then later to “Ledra Kai”. Why the name change? I don’t know for sure, but I’m speculating Marriott must own rights to the “Kona Kai” name, at least as applied to restaurants, so the newly independent hotel perhaps lost the ability to use it.
There is now some recent sad news. The Athens Ledra Hotel closed abruptly at the end of May (2016). It had accrued debts in excess of forty million euros and its approximately 150 employees had not been paid in several months. The hotel is scheduled to be auctioned in September.
What will happen to the former Kona Kai restaurant depends on who acquires the hotel and what their plans for it shall be.
The hotel was built in 1980 and was long hailed as one of Athens’ most luxurious. The Kona Kai restaurant had been open for over thirty years.
As of the end of 2016, the former Athens Ledra hotel has been on the auction block at least four times and nobody wants it.
It was announced back in October (2016) that the Marriott chain will be returning to Athens in the next few years but NOT at this property. They are taking over and renovating a different existing hotel (the Metropolitan).
Here is a video of the restaurant.
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