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But I don't think you mentioned that the pizzas were shaped like surfboards when Oom Mow Mow first opened, or that they were pretty good! Times changed, but I still like the pizza tiki. Hope they find a good home for him.
As far as places to eat goes, I really enjoyed Pizza Oom Mow Mow. The food was pretty good and the atmosphere fun. My bet is if the attractions had been designed with as much care as the shops and restaurants, Paradise Pier would have been a hige hit with a successful surfer theme.
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Having grown up in So Cal, I always felt that the restaurant was more of a parody of the surf culture rather than a recreation of it. It did not feel real. It felt more shopping mallesque. Somehow it felt more like it was making fun of surf culture rather than celebrate it. Since the place had no specific time period, it really did not feel fun. If it really tried to bring the guest to the 1960's, it might have been more successful. Where were Frankie Avalon and Annette when you need them?
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Having grown up in So Cal, I always felt that the restaurant was more of a parody of the surf culture rather than a recreation of it. It did not feel real. It felt more shopping mallesque. Somehow it felt more like it was making fun of surf culture rather than celebrate it. Since the place had no specific time period, it really did not feel fun. If it really tried to bring the guest to the 1960's, it might have been more successful.
I didn't want to bash Pizza Oom Mow Mow too much, but i agree with your assessment. Pizza Oom Mow Mow did not feel real. It didn't come across as a Southern California beachfront hangout of the 1960s (or any other particular point in time).
I definitely think the concept of a surf culture-based eatery is a strong one. But like many things in DCA, I don't think it was properly realized. Sure, the building was cool and it was loaded with all sorts of props, but the backstory was hard to pinpoint, and it felt more like a parody of surf culture rather than a recreation of it. As a huge fan of surfer music (well, and pizza), I enjoyed eating in there, but it did feel somewhat amiss due to the aformentioned shortcomings of the restaurant.
I definitely think the concept of a surf culture-based eatery is a strong one. But like many things in DCA, I don't think it was properly realized.
I think part of the problem was the context. DCA could have been designed with a "land" that captured the essence of a little town on the Coast Highway in the 1950s or 1960s, with surfers, artists, vacationers, fishermen, and so on. The architecture, signs, lighting, street furniture, and even the landscaping could have been carefully designed to immerse guests in that place and time.
Instead, Pizza Oom Mow Mow was located within a random collection of other structures (I called it a hodgepodge in the article) that failed to create any sort of cohesive environment for guests.
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