Food News: Grass Skirt Tiki Room to close in August

Erin Edwards
Carmen Owens

The owners of Grass Skirt Tiki Room (105 N. Grant Ave.) announced on social media Wednesday that they will not renew the tiki bar’s lease with landlord Randy Walker. The kitschy, Polynesian-themed restaurant and bar will serve its last zombie on Saturday, Aug. 24. Reached by phone Thursday, Grass Skirt co-owner Carmen Owens reflected on the bar’s seven-year run. “I can only hope that Grass Skirt’s legacy is a love for tiki that continues to push people to explore and appreciate tiki bars wherever they go,” Owens said. “The expanding options for craft and tiki cocktails that have come up in the last seven years make me hopeful that someone else will pick up where we left off.”

Tiki fans need not despair. Owens plans to launch a pop-up called SheCreature Cocktails at Ace of Cups (2619 N. High St.) this fall.

The fate of the Grass Skirt’s popular George the Monkey fountain, an artifact of Columbus’ bygone Kahiki, is still up in the air, Owens said. The Fraternal Order of Moai (FOM), a charitable “secret society” of tiki enthusiasts founded in Columbus in 2005, owns the fountain. Owens said FOM is looking to find George a new home, but she hopes most of the bar’s other tiki decor will become part of the new pop-up.

You can celebrate the final days of Grass Skirt at the FOM’s annual event, The Hula Hop, taking place from noon to midnight Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Downtown bar. More information is available on Grass Skirt’s Facebook page.