Situated right on the shore of Marina Del Rey looking out upon the variety of boats moored on the water, is the Warehouse Restaurant. This weatherbeaten warehouse looks like it has stood on the beach since at least the 1920s, but turns out, it was built to look like that…in the 1960s.
In 1969 former cinematographer Burt Hixon built the Warehouse using old wharf posts for the framework, and then made-up the inside to look like an old shipping warehouse from days gone by, using old wine and whiskey barrels, shipping crates, nautical rigging, fishing nets, and a plethora of old lumber from abandoned shipyards. There is some serious Disneyland level work done here.
In a 1973 interview Hixon said “I think that what it is that people like about this place is that it doesn’t look decorated. Everything is authentic.” And I would agree with that. The few loose items, such as tikis, tall totems, and even a rickshaw feel less like decor, and more like exotic items waiting shipment.
Last weekend The Warehouse played host to a new tiki bazaar, Shipwrecked. The shopping took place on the second level, overlooking the booths and rattan seating below, while live music poured from under a massive disco ball and marlin. After taking a gander at the tiki wares we dined below. Now, if I’m totally honest, I positively loathe seafood, so sometimes I end up never eating at places like this, however they had a burger on their menu, and it was one of the best burgers I ever had! So I highly recommend visiting this place. Oh, and they even have a tiki mug for you tiki mug collectors!
Visit the Warehouse at 4499 Admiralty Way, in Marina Del Rey. And learn more by visiting their website.
Seashell Set: Gift
Earrings: A Rolling Stone, Redlands, California
Bangles: Here and there…