Krusty Krab

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Krusty Krab
Traded as KK or KRAB
Industry Fast-food restaurant
Hospitality (formerly) (in the episode, Krusty Towers)
Founded May 1, 1999
Founder Eugene Krabs
Headquarters Bikini Bottom
Parent Chum Bucket
Slogan Taste some tasty food like Krabby Patties

The Krusty Krab is a fictional fast food restaurant in the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. It was founded by Mr. Krabs (who is also the owner), and is famous for its Krabby Patty burgers. The restaurant was first seen in the pilot episode "Help Wanted" and has since become a common setting in the series. Aside from SpongeBob SquarePants, the Krusty Krab has also appeared in the show's two film adaptations, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015), and in other related media.

Role in SpongeBob SquarePants[edit]

The Krusty Krab is a restaurant that sells various fast food products at extraordinarily high prices, including the popular Krabby Patty burgers.[1] The Krusty Krab took its name from the Rusty Krab, a retirement home in Bikini Bottom acquired by Mr. Krabs and converted into a restaurant.[2] However, another episode claims that it got its name from a pirate ship named the Krusty Krab, which Mr. Krabs also owned.[3] The Krusty Krab is one of the most successful restaurants in Bikini Bottom.[2] The Krabby Patty formula is a closely guarded trade secret, and rival restaurateur 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.[4] Because of this lack of viable competition, Mr. Krabs is free to engage in price gouging, which he usually does.[5] It was noted that the Krusty Krab is clean and disease-free.[6] The characters of SpongeBob SquarePants and Squidward Tentacles work at the restaurant as fry cook and cashier, respectively; Patrick Star works at the Krusty Krab in some occasions.


The New England lobster trap, on which the design of the Krusty Krab is based.

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?"[7] He replied that "managing the Krusty Krab and the Red Sox are similar in some ways."[8][9] A replica of the Krusty Krab was built in Ramallah, Palestine.[10][11]


In 2006, Lego released the Lego SpongeBob SquarePants set based on the Krusty Krab.[12] The second Krusty Krab based Lego set called the "Krusty Krab Adventures" was released in 2009.[13][14]


  1. ^ Writers: Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Steven Banks (March 26, 2010). "The Play's the Thing". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 7. Episode 138a. Nickelodeon. 
  2. ^ a b Writers: Aaron Springer, C.H. Greenblatt, Kent Osborne (May 10, 2002). "Krusty Krab Training Video". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 3. Episode 50b. Nickelodeon. 
  3. ^ Brown, Arthur (2008). Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Cartoons!. USA: Arthur Brown. p. 85. ISBN 1435732480. 
  4. ^ Writers: Sean Charmatz, Dani Michaeli (May 10, 2002). "Chum Bucket Supreme". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 6. Episode 122a. Nickelodeon. 
  5. ^ Writers: Aaron Springer, Eric Shaw (May 10, 2002). "The Krusty Sponge". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 5. Episode 89a. Nickelodeon. 
  6. ^ Writers: Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Richard Pursel (September 29, 2007). "Fungus Among Us". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 5. Episode 83c. Nickelodeon. 
  7. ^ Riley, Sean (April 30, 2013). "Juan Nieves: Ace whisperer". Yard Barker. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Red Sox Manager John Farrell’s Favorite Singer Is Bruce Springsteen, Has Experience Catching Lobsters (Video)". NESN. April 28, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Krusty Krab Restaurant from SpongeBob Being Built IRL". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (21 July 2014). "'SpongeBob SquarePants': Real-Life Krusty Krab Restaurant to Open in Palestine". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "LEGO SpongeBob The Krusty Krab". Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ "3833 Krusty Krab Adventures". Lego. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ "SpongeBob SquarePants". Retrieved May 1, 2013. 

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