Shrunken Head Tropic Lounge was a modern tiki bar combining elements of mid-century Polynesian pop culture with Caribbean and general tropical influences. The bar was opened by California transplant Jonny VerPlanck in 2013. The decor was simple, with large shrunken heads and the bar's name painted on the walls, and a lauhala-fronted bar. Carved tiki poles flanked the back bar.
Tiffany and Conrad Hildebrand bought Shrunken Head from Jonny VerPlanck in 2015.
While the bar’s customer base dwindled over the following years, Hildebrand said, Shrunken Head’s catering business flourished, offering bar service at events throughout Mid-Missouri like weddings, corporate parties and concerts — including downtown Jefferson City’s Angiepalooza and The Millbottom’s Fourth of July party, for example.
“Instead of just closing down everything, we’re going to just close down the bar and focus on the catering,” she said.
The bar closed on February 23, 2019.
More information about Shrunken Head’s catering is available on its Facebook page or by calling Hildebrand at 573-338-5455. Their business is now called Shrunken Head's Mobile Bar & Tropical Drinks.