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Escape the daily routine at Cane Tiki Room
Paso Robles
 Tropical paradise features Polynesian- inspired small bites and exotic cocktails
Afew steps from the Paso Robles Downtown City Park two hand-carved tiki statues beckon visitors to enter the tropical para- dise of Cane Tiki Room. The décor, music, food, drinks, servers and bartenders dressed in Hawaiian attire all combine to provide an escape from the daily routine.
“It’s such a fun place,” co-owner Donovan Schmit said. “You can escape the streets of Paso and dis- appear into a tropical environment. When you walk through the door of a tiki bar – I don’t care if you’re in New York City or Paso – you
are immediately transported to the South Pacific. That’s how it is at Cane Tiki Room – the
smells, the sounds,
the sights, the flavors, every- thing – there’s just this
vibe when
you step
inside and
it’s all about
It’s bright, the
music is fun
and, I mean, who doesn’t like drinks with little umbrellas in them?”
Tiki comes to Paso
The concept for Cane Tiki Room came about in 2020 during a time of gathering limitations due to pandemic restrictions. Schmit and Troy Larkin – cousins, busi- ness partners, and the dynamic duo behind the hugely successful Pappy McGregor’s, Fish Gaucho, and Eleven Twenty-Two Speak- easy, realized they would need to
temporarily put the dark, secretive aspects of 1122 on hold. Moving things outside to the shared back patio area of Pappy’s proved a viable option.
“Our general manager at 1122, Matt Kelly,
has a love for tiki and said, ‘Hey boss, what if we threw a
couple of blenders out here,
rewrote our whole menu,
and served pina coladas
and mai tais for the rest of the
summer?’ We wore Hawaiian shirts, bought
some grass skirts, put up some flamingo lights and a few decora- tions. Within a week there was line wrapped down and out the gate.”
The fun vibe and excitement continued for almost a year, with heaters brought in during win-
ter months creating a luau-like environment. Guests practically begged them to keep things going, but Schmit and Larkin knew it was time to reopen 1122. As fate would have it, a space next to Fish Gaucho
became available and a lightbulb came on.
“It was evident to us that a tiki bar was just what downtown
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