Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach is in Danger of Being Closed to Build High Density Residences

Don's Sign beckons you to a tiki paradise.  Photo by Ed Simon for The Los Angeles Beat.

Don’s Sign beckons you to a tiki paradise. Photo by Ed Simon for The Los Angeles Beat.

Sam’s Seafood was originally started in 1923 and was remodeled to it’s current look in 1962. In 2006 it closed but was reopened in 2009 as Don the Beachcomber, one of only a few with rights to that classic name. Original tikis, beautiful carved wood and the South Pacific décor that Donn Beach made famous when he helped pioneer the tiki culture craze all fill the restaurant. The location, snuggled in Hunting ton Beach’s Sunset Beach, right near Huntington Harbour, can’t help but take you to the islands for a good time with some serious tiki drinks, Seared Ahi Tuna, Don’s Ribeye or some Hawaiian Kalua Pork.

Unfortunately, right now there are storm clouds over Don the Beachcomber’s tiki refuge. High-rise apartments are threatening the future of Don the Beachcomber. The Huntington Beach City Council will be reviewing and voting on proposals to pursue studies to change the zoning at Don the Beachcomber to HIGH-DENSITY. The land owners want to level Don the Beachcomber and sell the land to developers.

Primo VW Van in front of Don's. Photo by Ed Simon for The Los Angeles Beat.

Let the land owners know that you want to keep the current low-density zoning. Interested supporters of Don the Beachcomber, tiki fans and anyone interested in a bit of Southern California history should attend the city council study session meeting on Monday, July 6 at 4:00 or 6:00pm, city hall 2000 Main Street in Huntington Beach.

In addition, supporters of Don’s can email all of Huntington Beach’s city council members at and cc Make sure and mention that you want to retain low density zoning at Don the Beachcomber and keep the spirit of tiki alive in Huntington Beach. .

The legacy of Don the Beachcomber needs to be retained by keeping the land the way it is. The last thing Southern California needs is more high-density housing at the beach, especially in that area where it is already difficult because of the traffic issues on PCH. So let the Huntington Beach City Council know that you want to leave the zoning as it is. And afterwards, run on down to Don’s for some Mai tai’s, Zombie’s and a Pupu platter of delicious appetizers at Don the Beachcomber’s.
Don The Beachcomber
16278 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

(562) 592-1321

Please sign Petition to Huntington Beach City Council

Ed Simon

About Ed Simon

Ed is a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether he's looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco, the best Bun bo Hue in Vietnam or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! He also loves a good drink. He's had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And he's had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed's passion, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed's writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas.
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1 Response to Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach is in Danger of Being Closed to Build High Density Residences

  1. Larry McNeely says:

    Well it’s closed now the land owner raised the rent beyond manageable Now with Mike Stakem Packem Posey and Barbara Highrise Delgleize still in office they can build a Nice and Shiny skyscraper there blocking the sun for those on the beach. HDD and more to come.

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