Donn Beach’s adventures led him to the Caribbean and the South Pacific, where he was captivated by the allure of the islands, their mystique, and their tropical flavors. Upon returning to the United States, he decided to bring a slice of these distant paradises to mainland America.

In 1934, Donn Beach opened his first bar and restaurant in Hollywood, California, and named it “Don the Beachcomber.” This establishment would become the epicenter of tiki culture, introducing Americans to exotic cocktails and a romanticized vision of the South Seas.