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Tropics Cafe adds warehouse space

February 3rd, 2011

Photo illustration by Jason Genegabus / jason@staradvertiser.com

A panoramic view of Tropics the Warehouse, taken from the second floor of the venue with an iPhone.

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

After a false start last summer, Tropics Cafe Bar & Lounge owner Pat Kashani is almost ready to open his new venue — which just happens to be located steps from his current home.

Tropics the Warehouse was supposed to open last June, with Kashani going as far as booking an opening night party before realizing he wasn't going to be able to make it happen. For the last six months, a variety of financial, construction and personal issues have kept the former Tropic Fish & Vegetable storage space from opening as a nightclub, but things were complete enough to host Kumuola's second annual Roots & Culture Festival last Saturday.

This reporter got a quick glimpse of the room just hours before the party was scheduled to start, and I found Kashani hard at work with a small crew putting finishing touches on the split level space that features multiple bars (Tropics the Warehouse is still in the process of securing a liquor license, however, so no alcohol is being served at the moment) and some pretty sweet areas to lounge in, along with a main stage and dance floor.

After failing to open on time last year as promised, Kashani didn't want to talk on the record about his new club until he had a liquor license and was ready for a true grand opening celebration. He said it might be weeks, or even months, before everything was finalized.

Until then, Tropics the Warehouse will continue to host parties without serving alcohol on a limited basis.

But stop by Tropics Cafe for the latest info, and you never know — Kashani himself just might take you back to Tropics the Warehouse for a quick tour. He's akamai like that.

One of the upstairs seating areas at Tropics the Warehouse.

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