TV shows and movies introduce us to a lot of fictional restaurants, but some of them make such an impression that we just want them in our real lives. Who wouldn’t want a love of fairytale for themselves? Thankfully, a lot of people have voiced their love for some fictional restaurants and the restaurant Gods have actually bought them to life.
There are some restaurants that existed before the show but are famous by the show, so we can’t actually call them fictional restaurants. The same is the case with restaurants that were used as the inspiration or as the exterior for the shots of the restaurant, like Tom’s Restaurant was for Monk’s Cafe. That’s not a fictional restaurant either. It’s just the real-life counterpart for it.
No, I am only talking about the restaurants that came to life after they were only on paper. Some have the exact same menu and interiors and some just have heavy influences from their cinematic counterparts. Nevertheless, they are our one-step-close to feeling like we are in a movie. I don’t know what I am more excited about; the restaurant or the food. So here is a list of fictional restaurants that became real.
1. Bistrot Chez Rémy
Did you watch the movie Ratatouille and become sad because you’ll never be able to eat the food Remy makes? Same! But if you do find yourself in Paris, you just might be able to do so. Well, Disneyland Paris has a Paris mini-land known as La Place de Rémy. There, you’ll find Bistro Chez Rémy, a restaurant replica of one that Rémy opens. They serve classic French food and the furniture is made of kitchenware to make you feel like you are at a rat restaurant. You’ll also be able to meet a human-sized Rémy who happens to be a sous chef there.
2. Three Broomsticks
A lot of people tried making butterbeer, but not all of them were J.K. Rowling approved. Well, one was and it was none other than the Three Broomsticks. Yes, at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is located in the Universal Studios, Orlando, you can visit the Three Broomsticks. There, you can have fish and chips and also order the “Great Feast Platter”. But we all know the reason you went there. Bring on the Butterbeer!
3. Diagon Alley
Got your letter and want to shop for school? Well, visit the Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Part Two. After you buy your wands, broomsticks, and owls, stuff yourself at the Leaky Cauldron. But make sure you say the name ‘Diagon Alley’ correctly, or else you’ll end up in Knockturn Alley and you don’t want to go there!
4. Bluth’s Frozen Banana Stand
If you told me there was a frozen banana stand just like the one in Arrested Development, I’d lose my mind. Well, apparently, there is (mind-blown). Netflix brought Bluth’s family business back to life and set up the stand in New York, Los Angeles, and London. The stand wasn’t for show. It actually served the delicious chocolate-dipped frozen bananas to the fan of the show. What can I say? People love Arrested Development and they sure do love frozen bananas.
5. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
When Forrest and Bubba talk about opening a shrimp company, nobody imagined that Bubba wouldn’t be there when Forrest fulfills his dream. The most heartwarming part? He names the company after himself AND Bubba. He also gives his part of the profit to his family. This heartwarming gesture melted hearts that led Viacom to actually open a restaurant with the same name as the company. It opened in the U.S. in 1994 and now has outlets in Mexico, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. They serve all kinds of shrimp dishes along with Bubba’s Far Out Dip and Mamma’s Bread Pudding.
6. Krusty Burger and Moe’s Tavern
Did you want to visit Springfield and have a burger and have a drink at Moe’s Tavern? Well then, you’re in luck. Universal Studios has brought both of these fictional restaurants to life. You can have the burgers at the Krusty Burger joint and don’t worry, and the real-life burger joint is not the ‘unhealthiest restaurant in the world’. If you want some drinks, grab a martini at the famous Moe’s Tavern.
The inspiration for the Cheers club, Bull and Finch club actually got redecorated, rebranded, and renamed to Cheers. Another bar named Cheers opened in Fanueil Hill and the interior for the bar was the exact same as the one from the sitcom. Now, contrary to the show, not everybody will know your name, but they’ll all probably love Cheers. Cheers to that!
8. Pizza Planet
You can find Toy Story’s Pizza Planet at Disneyland Paris, but it isn’t exactly like the Pizza Planet from the movie that looks like a building from a high-tech future. Don’t be disappointed because you can find the ‘buffeteria’ where you can eat pizzas, salad, and pasta. If you miss the cute little green three-eyed aliens, they have a retro-style rocket launcher filled with those. Knock yourself out!
So, this was my list of some fictional restaurants that came to life. Tell me in the comments which one of these are you the most excited to visit? For me, I’d love to visit all of them (brb, getting some cash). I hope you liked this article and if you did, you could find more of these on TheFoodXP. See you next time!