Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Type Subsidiary
Industry Restaurant
Headquarters San Clemente, California
Number of locations 39 restaurants
Area served Worldwide
Owner(s) Landry's Restaurants
Website www.bubbagump.com
The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant in Long Beach, California.
The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant in Times Square, New York City.

The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant and Market is a seafood restaurant chain inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump. As of September 2010, thirty-two Bubba Gump restaurants operate worldwide. Twenty-two of these locations are in the United States, three are in Japan, two are located in Mexico, three are in Malaysia, and one each in the Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. The company is based in San Clemente, California, and has been a division of Landry's Restaurants since 2010.

The first Bubba Gump restaurant opened in 1996 in Monterey, California by Viacom Consumer Products. That firm's parent company, Viacom, is owner of Paramount Pictures (the distributor of Forrest Gump), and also owns the Rusty Pelican restaurant chain. The Bubba Gump restaurant is named after the film's characters Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue and Forrest Gump. In the film, Bubba suggested getting in the shrimping business and ultimately Forrest pursued the idea after Bubba's death in the Vietnam War.


In 1995, Paramount Pictures approached Rusty Pelican Restaurants Inc. with a desire to create a restaurant based around the theme of Paramount's 1994 film Forrest Gump. The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co was created as a result. Within a year the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co created a concept idea for the restaurant chain which was then licensed by Paramount Licensing, Inc. In 1996[1] the first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co restaurant was opened, its success lead to its franchising on an international scale. Although the fictional restaurant chain is based in Alabama, the actual chain has no locations in that state.[2][3]

Bubba Gump Restaurant in Hong Kong

The menu consists mostly of shrimp dishes and other seafood, as well as Southern and Cajun cuisine.


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