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Anybody familiar with the old "Aloha Inn Restaurant" in Blue Bell, PA (Norristown area)?

Kevin

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Growing up in a part of the burbs' outside of Philly there really weren't any "Tiki" restaurants in the area and, in my youth, was too young of to venture into Philly. The closest in the area was a restaurant named named Aloha Inn that was in a strip mall in Blue Bell, PA. At the time it stood out because it was a Chinese restaurant with a heavy amount of Hawaiian influence, including the meals and decor. These days it would be called a "fusion" restaurant.

It was one of my absolute favorite places to visit and it was always something I looked forward to when our Mom took us there. Over time I married and moved away from the area, to an area with even less diverse dining choices :(, and Aloha Inn closed their doors at some point. I don't get down to that area very often these days but when I do, and happen to drive by, I can't help but think of that restaurant and wish they were still open.

Does anybody know what happened to it? Or, heck, is anybody even familiar with it?! :D Doing a Google search I can't find any pictures of it or even mention of it other than an obituary for the owner, Lewis Chant.
 

Kahuna

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Good to see you posting again!
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Aloha

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Growing up in a part of the burbs' outside of Philly there really weren't any "Tiki" restaurants in the area and, in my youth, was too young of to venture into Philly. The closest in the area was a restaurant named named Aloha Inn that was in a strip mall in Blue Bell, PA. At the time it stood out because it was a Chinese restaurant with a heavy amount of Hawaiian influence, including the meals and decor. These days it would be called a "fusion" restaurant.

It was one of my absolute favorite places to visit and it was always something I looked forward to when our Mom took us there. Over time I married and moved away from the area, to an area with even less diverse dining choices :(, and Aloha Inn closed their doors at some point. I don't get down to that area very often these days but when I do, and happen to drive by, I can't help but think of that restaurant and wish they were still open.

Does anybody know what happened to it? Or, heck, is anybody even familiar with it?! :D Doing a Google search I can't find any pictures of it or even mention of it other than an obituary for the owner, Lewis Chant.
Just seeing your post when I,too, was looking on Google for what happened to the Aloha Inn.
Mr. Chant helped us plan a "Samoan Soiree" with a pig roast when a doctor we worked with was leaving to serve in American Samoa. It was a great party and the perfect decor and food!
Fun memories!
 

Kevin

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Just seeing your post when I,too, was looking on Google for what happened to the Aloha Inn.
Mr. Chant helped us plan a "Samoan Soiree" with a pig roast when a doctor we worked with was leaving to serve in American Samoa. It was a great party and the perfect decor and food!
Fun memories!
Greetings! If you remember the pig roast 🐖 then check out this article I found from 1993, definitely brings back some memories. I don't know what newspaper or publication "The Mustang" was but so far it's the only thing I've been able to find online about Aloha Inn.
 

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