November 27th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1963, Kiko’s of Seal Beach opened the “Very In” room which displayed art by local artists. Owners Betty and Frank Semasko entertained  a crowd of 75 guests, including Mayor Dean Gemmill and Mrs. Shirley Gemmill, Dixie and Dick Swift. Bonnie and Harry Orme, The Don Wolfs, Dr. and Mrs. Tanne Hill, and Vernon and Marilyn Leckman.

Kiko’s was located at 909 Ocean Avenue and is still missed with grand fondness today by its regular customers. The sandwich ingredients were exotic, and the sandwich names were eccentric. You could order “The Playboy,” “The Hofbrau,” “The Picadilly” and “The Danny Thomas Special,” which was a concoction of round steak, pine nuts, garlic, onion, and Near East spices jammed into a Lebanese roll.

Betty and Frank Semasko sold Kiko’s in 1972 and moved to Estoril, Portugal.

– Michael Dobkins

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3 Responses to November 27th in Seal Beach History

  1. Carla Watson says:

    Kikos was an artsy fun place. As I recall, every once in awhile the owners would close shop for a month or so & head off to Europe.

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  2. Ron Holmstrom says:

    The Kiko’s Special was the best sandwich of all time!

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  3. Lonnie Brownell says:

    Kiko’s had what seemed to be a soft-serve ice cream machine, and the small bowl I’d get had chocolate that formed a hard shell over the ice cream. At the time it struck me as the most exotic and wonderful dessert a kid could ever have. A few years later, Tastee-Freez did similar stuff up in the Safeway Center (which was also pretty great).


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