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Bahooka's Giant Pacu "Rufus" Will Stay

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Rosemead's iconic tiki restaurant "Bahooka" has been closed for nearly a year, but within it's empty corridors swim many peculiar aquatic creatures behind their glassed in aquaria.   But there is none so famous or loved as the giant pacu named "Rufus" who for years watched as thousands of patrons sipped mai tais or giant flaming bowl and nibbled on puu puu platters.

Now the shuttered restaurant has changed hands a couple of times, awaiting renovation, and the fate of Rufus has become a matter of concern to those in the San Gabriel Valley who grew up with the fish.

Tiki traditionalists had hoped that Rufus would wind up at another tiki restaurant such as Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach.   And just recently, Damon's Steakhouse in Glendale looked like a frontrunner to catch the fish.

But today the new owners of Bahooka have announced that Rufus will stay.  Alan Zhu, one of the partners in the new enterprise has announced plans to turn Bahooka into a Chinese restaurant, and they plan to find a place for the fish.

Still no word on what will happen to the other sea creatures who once called home the oddly decorated restaurant the LA Times described as looking like "The Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland - but a darker, seedier version that the Pirates of the Caribbean might have hung out in after a shift."

Also no announcement of what will happen to Rufus during the renovation of the restaurant, or where he will be housed. So, the fish story continues.

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