Don the Beachcomber, Huntington Beach, CA
In 1934, New Orleans native Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt
moved to LA (not
Lower Alabama) and opened the original Don the Beachcomber’s in Hollywood. Credited with starting the Tiki craze
, the joint became such a hit that he legally changed his name to Donn Beach.
Among a slew of other drinks (84 according to his 1989 New York Times
obituary), Beach reportedly invented the Zombie to help a hungover patron get through a business meeting; the patron later complained, however, that the fruity, booze-heavy beverage instead turned him into a Zombie.