Tiki mastermind Martin Cate has left tropical drink mecca Forbidden Island citing “different ideas about the future of the business” than the other partners. As Kaiser Penguin’s West Coast correspondent, I spent many, MANY an evening “covering” Forbidden Island, and Martin’s friendly countenance was an integral part of that experience.
Of course, the bar will still be open. Dollar bills will continue to be speared into the bar’s thatched roof, and presumably the lounge’s secret recipe for the drink by the same name will remain unchanged. But with the loss of Martin, an important reason for trekking out to Alameda is gone.
It goes without saying our grief is as potent and seemingly bottomless as a Fugu for One. Silver lining: We have a feeling that whatever Martin does next is going to have to be even awesomer. (And judging from the lengthy list of wellwishers on Tiki Central, we’re not alone.)
From Rick: I’d like to second Adam’s sentiments. The one time I made it to Forbidden Island, Martin, sadly, wasn’t behind the swizzle stick. All hope is not lost, however… I’m pretty sure he’ll be involved in some crazy tiki scheme at Tales again where I’ll be able to experience his exotic creations. And if the small amount of time we spent together last year is an indication, you’re all in for a treat. Cheers to your future Martin!