Developer Eddy Savoie wants to demolish a Montreal temple of Tiki camp and replace it with a facility for the elderly, reports La Presse.
Chinese buffet Jardin Tiki has been open since 1986 and is a lovable museum of kitsch for some, with many décor holdovers from the late Kon Tiki (1958 to 1981). Owner Douglas Chan, whose son Danny now runs Jardin Tiki, was a server at the Peel street icon.
Nostalgia aside, any plan by Savoie to convert the $3 million restaurant will spark controversy. The businessman has had his share of legal troubles recently.
Journalist André Dubuc pays homage to the shrine of pop-Polynesian sensibility in his article and cites mentions of Jardin Tiki in a 2011 UQÀM thesis by Roxanne Arsenault and in Tiki Road Trip: A Guide to Tiki Culture in North America, a 2007 book by James Teitelbaum.