Krusty Krab

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Krusty Krab
Series SpongeBob SquarePants
First appearance "Help Wanted" (1999)
Slogan "Come spend your money here!"[1]
Type Restaurant
Location Bikini Bottom
Products Fast foods
Employees

The Krusty Krab is a fictional fast food restaurant in the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. The restaurant is owned and founded by Mr. Krabs and is famous along with its Krabby Patty burgers. It was first seen in the episode "Help Wanted" on May 1, 1999 and has since become a common setting in the series.

Role in SpongeBob SquarePants[edit]

The Krusty Krab is a restaurant that sells various greasy fast food products at extraordinarily high prices, including the popular "Krabby Patty" burgers.[2] The Krusty Krab took its name from the Rusty Krab, a retirement home in Bikini Bottom acquired by Mr. Krabs in 1965 and converted into a restaurant.[3] However, another episode claims that it got its name from a pirate ship named the Krusty Krab.

The Krusty Krab is owned and operated by Eugene Krabs with Squidward Tentacles as the cashier and SpongeBob SquarePants as the fry cook.[4]

The Krusty Krab is one of the most successful restaurants in Bikini Bottom.[3] The Krabby Patty formula is a closely guarded trade secret, and rival restaurateur Sheldon Plankton's futile attempts at acquiring the secret formula (as well as the often absurd lengths Mr. Krabs will go to protect it) is a major recurring theme throughout the series. The Krusty Krab usually attracts customers from Bikini Bottom because of the Krabby Patty's renowned taste and the fact that Plankton's restaurant, the Chum Bucket, has a menu consisting of mostly inedible chum.[5] Because of this lack of viable competition, Mr. Krabs is free to engage in price gouging, which he usually does.[6] It was noted that the Krusty Krab is clean and disease-free.[7]

Stephen Hillenburg's original name for the Krusty Krab was the "Crusty Crab," but he thought the K's were funnier. The building's design is based on a New England lobster trap.[citation needed]

Cultural influence[edit]

The Krusty Krab has appeared in Robot Chicken in its episode "Major League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" where the Krusty Krab serves Krabby Patties which are made of crab, calamari rings, and chicken of the sea salad which is tuna.

In an episode of Red Sox Small Talk, John Ferrell was featured and was fielded with "tough" questions like "What is your favorite musician?" and "Is managing the Red Sox like managing the Krusty Krab on SpongeBob SquarePants?"[8] He replied that "managing the Krusty Krab and the Red Sox are similar in some ways."[9][10]

Merchandising[edit]

In 2006, Lego released the Lego SpongeBob SquarePants set based on the Krusty Krab.[11] The second Krusty Krab based Lego set called the "Krusty Krab Adventures" was released in 2009.[12][13]

Replica[edit]

A replica of the Krusty Krab is currently being built in Ramallah, Palestine.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Writers: Aaron Springer, C.H. Greenblatt, Merriwether Williams (March 8, 2002). "As Seen on TV". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 3. Episode 47a.
  2. ^ Writers: Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Steven Banks (March 26, 2010). "The Play's the Thing". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 7. Episode 138a.
  3. ^ a b Writers: Aaron Springer, C.H. Greenblatt, Kent Osborne (May 10, 2002). "Krusty Krab Training Video". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 3. Episode 50b.
  4. ^ Brown, Arthur (2008). Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Cartoons!. USA: Arthur Brown. p. 85. ISBN 1435732480. 
  5. ^ Writers: Sean Charmatz, Dani Michaeli (May 10, 2002). "Chum Bucket Supreme". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 6. Episode 122a.
  6. ^ Writers: Aaron Springer, Eric Shaw (May 10, 2002). "The Krusty Sponge". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 5. Episode 89a.
  7. ^ Writers: Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Richard Pursel (September 29, 2007). "Fungus Among Us". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 5. Episode 83c.
  8. ^ Riley, Sean (April 30, 2013). "Juan Nieves: Ace whisperer". Yard Barker. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Red Sox Manager John Farrell’s Favorite Singer Is Bruce Springsteen, Has Experience Catching Lobsters (Video)". Yard Barker. April 28, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Red Sox Manager John Farrell’s Favorite Singer Is Bruce Springsteen, Has Experience Catching Lobsters (Video)". NESN. April 28, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "LEGO SpongeBob The Krusty Krab". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ "3833 Krusty Krab Adventures". Lego. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ "SpongeBob SquarePants". Brickset.com. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ Krusty Krab Restaurant from SpongeBob Being Built IRL

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