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Harlequin Hotels and Resorts Signs Agreement to Bring
Trader Vic's Restaurants to their Caribbean Resorts

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--February 12, 2009 - --Trader Vic’s, Inc., a global restaurant company featuring Trader Vic’s, Mai Tai Lounge and Senor Pico concepts, is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Harlequin Hotels & Resorts. Trader Vic’s legendary cocktail bars and restaurants will be located at each of Harlequin's resorts in the Caribbean, including the islands of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, St. Lucia, Barbados, and the Dominican Republic. (
Las Canas Beach Resort
Dominican Republic   

The Merricks Beach Resort

Buccament Bay Beach Resort
St. Vincent & The Grenadines   

The Marquis Estate
St. Lucia   

Two Rivers Beach Resort
Dominican Republic   

David Carter, President and C.E.O. of Trader Vic’s, Inc., said, “Harlequin Hotels & Resorts is a very successful luxury 5-star hotel management company and this partnership fits perfectly with Trader Vic’s growing worldwide presence. We are very excited to be a part of this winning team, which includes Gary Player, one of the most successful international golfers of all time and Pat Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon Champion.” Mr. Carter continued, “We are looking forward to sharing the exotic Trader Vic’s experience, world famous cocktails and fabulous food with Harlequin’s island guests.” 

According to David Ames, Chairman of Harlequin Hotels & Resorts, “Trader Vic’s is a globally recognized brand and is the perfect partner for us. Each restaurant and bar will be uniquely styled to incorporate the tropical flavors and Latin-infused ambience synonymous with Trader Vic’s and will offer a sophisticated and exotic menu.” 

Harlequin Hotels & Resorts is a hotel management company specializing in luxury 5-star spa resorts in the Caribbean and tourist destinations worldwide. 

Seventy-five years after Victor Bergeron first opened Hinky Dinks saloon in Oakland, California, the Trader Vic’s legacy lives on with more than 30 locations across the globe and is proudly celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. The fabulous food and attentive service, the exotic drinks, the transcendent atmosphere all combine and culminate in delivering you swiftly and gently to your intended destination, the ultimate escape, paradise found. 
A Brief History of Trader Vic's (

1934 Trader Vic's first establishment, Hinky Dinks, opens
1936 Trader Vic's a family owned and operated business, founded
1944 Trader Vic, the first celebrity chef, invented the Mai Tai Cocktail
1951 Mai Tai took Honolulu by storm-recipe adjusted due to quality rum shortage
1951 Trader Vic's San Francisco, the former location on Cosmo Place, opened
1955 Trader Vic's Beverly Hills opens
1956 Mai Tai recipe adjusted a second time due to quality rum shortage
1957 Trader Vic's Chicago opens
1968 Trader Vic's London opens
1963 Trader Vic's Havana, Cuba opens
1964 Mai Tai recipe adjusted to its current formula
1972 Trader Vic's Emeryville opens
1974 Trader Vic's Munich opens
1976 Trader Vic's Atlanta opens
1986 Trader Vic's Osaka opens
1990 Trader Vic's Hamburg opens
1992 Trader Vic's Bangkok opens
1993 Trader Vic's Taipei opens
1994 Trader Vic's Abu Dhabi opens
1994 Trader Vic's Dubai opens
1997 Trader Vic's Marbella opens
2000 Trader Vic's Bahrain opens
 Trader Vic's Cairo opens
 Trader Vic's Beirut opens
 Trader Vic's Oman opens
2001 Trader Vic's Palo Alto opens
2003 Trader Vic's opens in Berlin in April
2004 Second restaurant in Dubai, Souk Madimat
2006 Bellevue , Washington opens
 Scottsdale, Arizona opens
 Shanghai, China opens
2007 Dallas, Texas opens
  Destin, Florida, opens
  Amman, Jordan opens
  Beijing, China opens
  Las Vegas, Nevada opens
2008 Kuwait opens 
2009 Chicago opens



Trader Vic’s, Inc.
David Carter, President & C.E.O.



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