Restaurateurs looking for their next million-dollar idea would be smart to brush up on certain prescient movies, books and TV shows. Because every once in a while, a fictional restaurant just leaps off the screen or the page and takes on a life of its own. Here, 8 restaurants we're desperate to see in real life.
The Simpsons has always been a fertile source of amazing fake restaurant names, from FaceStuffers and Chez Guevara to Paté LaBelle and Bob's Big Poi. But the concept most worthy of stealing? 'Zerz, "America's All-Appetizer Restaurant."
While there are no plans to make this animated restaurant a reality, there is exciting news: A cookbook called The Bob's Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers will be out in March 2016.
In the words of Arlo Guthrie's 1967 musical protest of the Vietnam War draft, "You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant." While this was once a real-live restaurant (and a few exist in tribute), it would be almost too exciting to be able to go somewhere and literally order anything your mind can imagine.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The title of the second installment of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series would make for the most fascinating intergalactic eatery. In the book, it's called Milliways and is reachable by spaceship if you travel "five hundred and seventy-six thousand million years" forward from the present. Sounds quicker than the line for cronuts back in the day.
The Pie Hole
Pushing Daisies, a fantasy dramedy that aired on ABC from 2007-2009, was set inside a friendly pie restaurant that served slices of pie along with "pies in a cup." Why this doesn't exist already is truly a mystery.
Doc Hopper's Frog Legs
No disrespect to Kermit the Frog, but when he had a vision of what life would have been like without him in The Muppet Movie, this restaurant hopped up and it looked kinda delicious. Green burger, anyone?
The elegant faux New York City restaurant depicted in American Psycho provides one of the most memorable punchlines in the film, which we won't spoil. But since Dorsia already has its own hilarious Yelp page, it only makes sense that an actual restaurant should follow.
Pasta and live magic have always longed to be together. We know exactly what that could be like, and what it would be called, thanks to King of the Hill. We're just waiting patiently for it to appear before our very eyes.
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