Tiki Iniki will finally open tonight, according to Facebook, in Virginia-Highland at the stroke of 4:20 p.m. — an exact time that likely needs no explanation. The Polynesian-meets-Southern restaurant and tiki bar is located on Greenwood Avenue and owned by Brett Holtzclaw and Bill Chapman of Atlanta’s Supper Club Restaurant Group. The partners announced they would be opening a franchise version of the original Tiki Iniki, owned by Michele Rundgren and rock guitarist Todd Rundgren in Kauai, Hawaii, in June. The Rundgrens are not involved with the Virginia-Highland location.
The tiki bar was supposed to open in July but hit a snag when an injunction was filed against Tiki Iniki’s liquor license by the owner of neighboring Dark Horse Tavern on North Highland and brought before the area’s Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU-F) for a vote in August. However, the dispute was really over a 1995 City of Atlanta parking variance and providing sufficient parking on and near the Greenwood Avenue property, which shares a lot with Dark Horse Tavern and blues bar Blind Willie’s.
That all seems to be resolved, and Tiki Iniki is now taking reservations for dinner.
While the menu hasn’t been released, tiki enthusiasts can expect to find a more twisted version of the iconic Trader Vic’s inside. Mai tais, painkillers, and zombies are all on the drinks menu, along with original tiki concoctions by Holtzclaw. Food will include meat skewers, roasted pork and duck entrees, family-style dishes, and poke bowls. Brunch will begin in a few weeks.
Holtzclaw is the executive chef and Gregory Bradley (formerly of Char) serves as chef de cuisine at Tiki Iniki.
Eater Atlanta has reached out for the menu and more details.
1044 Greenwood Avenue, Atlanta. tikiinikiatl.com.