Bubba Gump Shrimps and Co.
Bubba Gump Shrimps and Co.
Bubba Gump Shrimps & Co. is a chain of American restaurants that takes inspiration from the very famous film “Forrest Gump”, starring Tom Hanks
In the final, Tom Hanks plays the role of Forrest Gump, a young, naive, honest but also very lucky American boy. He meets Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue that tells him about his desire to become the owner of a “shrimp boat”. The two friends decide to start this activity together; but Bubba dies during the Vietnam war, so Forrest buys a boat and following some lucky circumstances he becomes rich.
Il logo di Bubba Gump
The first Bubba Gump restaurant was opened in Monterey in 1996, and because of its success many others followed.
The Adventure Grannies love these restaurants very much, and we have visited them in some great American cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Monterey, but also in Bali
It is useless to say that the menu mainly consists of shrimps: breaded shrimps, grilled shrimps, shrimps with coconut. But if you want, you can also taste other good dishes, above all a wonderful dessert, if you are still able to eat more after your shrimps.
The atmosphere you can breath at Bubba Gump’s is really very special; on the wooden tables some sentences taken from the film are carved, the most famous is “Stupid is as stupid does”, and on the walls there are some photos portraing scenes from the film.
But the funniest things, in my opinion, are two: first of all the waiters who are very nice and they joke with customers while serving them. In New York, we met one who was particularly efficient: while he was taking orders to customers, he stopped at tables and made little “quizzes”. He asked questions about the film, for example: “What was the name of Forrest’s girl friend?”… and if the answer was the right one, he gave you a candy 🙂 I am particularly proud, because I got 4, but I know that film so well!
Stop Forrest Stop
The other funny thing is the metal boards on each table: on the blue one is written “Run, Forrest, run” (of course you remember that the protagonist of the film liked running very much!), and on the red one “Stop, Forrest, Stop!”. If you want a waiter to stop at your table, you only have to show the red board and within a few seconds someone will come to ask you waht you need!
The success of these restaurants is still growing and new ones are being opened around the world. At the moment there are 43 restaurants; 29 are in the USA, 4 in Mexico, three in Japan, three in Malaysia, one in London, in the Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
Let’s hope they open some more in Europe, maybe in Italy 🙂