Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
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The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant and Market is a seafood restaurant chain inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump. As of September 2014, forty-three Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants operate worldwide. Twenty-nine of these locations are in the United States, four are in Mexico, three are in Malaysia, and one each in London, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines. The company is based in Houston, Texas, 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 the first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant was opened; its success led 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.
In November 2010, Landry's, Inc acquired Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for an undisclosed amount. The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co purchase also included a lone Rusty Pelican in Newport Beach, California. Landry’s, Inc owns a wide variety of restaurants, including the Rainforest Cafe, Saltgrass Steak House and Landry’s Seafood just to name a few.
Like the name suggests, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.’s menu consists mostly of shrimp dishes and other seafood, as well as Southern and Cajun cuisine. The restaurant stays true to its namesake by including dishes named after characters in the movie, like Jenny’s Catch and the restaurant’s bestseller Forrest’s Seafood Feast. The restaurant also features movie memorabilia all over the walls. Guests can play Forrest Gump movie trivia and can even signal their waiter with a “Stop, Forrest, Stop” sign. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. also has a children’s menu. The restaurant boasts myriad awards for its food and drinks, including accolades for its Dixie-style baby back ribs.
Actor Chris Pratt of Parks and Recreation and Guardians of the Galaxy fame was discovered in 2000 while working as a waiter at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Maui, Hawaii. He waited on the table of actor/director Rae Dawn Chong, who had starred in Commando —one of Pratt's favorite films. Chong offered Pratt a role in a short movie she was directing at the time.
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