CH Projects, a rebellious San Diego-based hospitality group known for its boundary pushing, design-forward concepts including Ironside Fish & Oyster, Polite Provisions, Noble Experiment and UnderBelly, opened doors to the collective’s newest faux tropical tiki paradise, FALSE IDOL, in September of 2016. This new and intimate tiki oasis is ensconced within Orchid & Onion’s 2011 Grand Orchid Design recipient, Craft & Commerce (which recently saw a multi-million dollar design & kitchen overhaul alongside the build out of False Idol) and offers guests the ultimate escapist’s destination within the nation’s hot bed for Polynesian pop culture, San Diego.
Hidden in plain sight, a step through an unassuming secret entrance within Craft & Commerce transports patrons to False Idol’s faux tropical paradise complete with traditional Polynesian elements of fire & ice (including an indoor waterfall and flaming volcano). CH enlisted a team of legendary tiki artists to fashion a fully immersive environment that pays tribute to the imagined “false idols” of mid-century American worship. Bosko Hrnjak (Tiki Objects by Bosko) is a pioneer of tiki revival whose elaborately detailed carvings adorn the main bar and walls of the interior space. Ignacio “Notch” Gonzalez (Top Notch Kustoms) artistically combines traditional design elements into a cohesive whole, while simultaneously giving the space its timeless patina. From Papua New Guinea and Maori-style masks to a ceiling covered in glass buoy balls and petrified puffer fish, every square inch of the intimate 1,000 square-foot space is decorated in Polynesian pop-inspired tiki artifacts.