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Midtown's Three-Story Lava Lounge Bar To Be Replaced By Tiki Tango Mid-January

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Midtown's Three-Story Lava Lounge Bar To Be Replaced By Tiki Tango Mid-January

Frank Simotics—AKA The Tiki Rancher—over the past year has been working to transform the 20-year-old bar into the 'hideaway oasis.'

Lava Lounge, at 57 13th St. NE, will soon reopen as "hideaway oasis" Tiki Tango under the same ownership, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution Monday first reported.

Scott McCray since February 2018 has been working with Frank Simotics—AKA The Tiki Rancher—to transform the 20-year-old Lava Lounge into Tiki Tango.

Simotics has been made popular for his tiki decor and one-of-a-kind wood carvings.

"Tiki Tango is a new three-level Polynesian palace in the heart of Midtown," according to the company's Facebook page.

"The Tiki Rancher has transformed a 1920ss bungalow into a hideaway oasis."

It could open mid-January following a series of private events held at the end of 2018.

The new bar will offer the kind of tiki drinks and specialty glassware you'd expect alongside tiki-inspired small bites.

Across its three floors from top to bottom will be VIP lounge “Tiger’s Den," the “Main Deck” in the middle, and the peaked-roof “Flamingo Room.”

Two-story "live sunsets" from around the world will be projected inside.

Once open, Tiki Tango will operate from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday to Saturday.

It will be the second tiki concept to open in Atlanta in recent years.

Kauai, Hawaii-based Tiki Iniki debuted in Virginia-Highland late-2018.

Tiki Tango Atlanta
Photo: Official
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Caleb Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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