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Entrepreneur Tries To Make Spongebob’s ‘Krusty Krab’ A Real Restaurant, Gets Denied

You know what fictional restaurant I’d love to see come to life? The Krusty Krab, from Spongebob Squarepants. I mean, what 90s child hasn’t dreamed of sinking their teeth into a bonafide Krabby Patty?

Of course, there have been attempts to bring Mr. Krabs’ pride and joy to life before. There is a restaurant in Palestine that’s been open for a while, but no official Krusty Krab exists in the US yet. One restaurateur’s recent attempt to make that happen has sadly fallen short.

Viacom, the media conglomerate that owns and runs Spongebob, won a legal challenge to keep Javier Ramos from using the restaurant’s name for his own seafood chain. According to Reuters, Viacom doesn’t own the trademark for “The Krusty Krab,” which is why this guy and his investor group, IJR Capital Investments LLC, thought they could utilize the name for their restaurants.

The name may have never been filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, but its usage in countless episodes of Spongebob and associated merch has created an association and “trademark” worth protecting, according to the judges.

Unfortunately, that does kill the restaurateur’s current dreams of having his own Krusty Krab chain. It’s not all lost, however, as Viacom may be willing to license naming rights to the guy to make the restaurants happen. That possibility isn’t outlandish, considering that the media giant does the exact same thing with Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants, which are associated with the legendary film Forrest Gump.

That makes this legal decision more of a roadblock than a obstacle to keeping a Krusty Krab from opening in the US. Who knows? Maybe Viacom will be willing to let a few open up one day.

Just don’t let Patrick Star run the phone lines.

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Simpsons Theme Park Opens Duff Brewery, Lard Lad Donuts and Bumblebee Man Taco Truck

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Universal Orlando’s Simpsons theme park is now home to a Duff Brewery beer garden, Lard Lad Donuts and Bumblebee Man taco truck. According to Inside the Magic, Duff Gardens is an open-air bar serving “Lite,” “Dry” and regular Duff beer, along with the Flaming Moe from Moe’s Tavern and Squishees from the Kwik-E-Mart. The garden also features the Seven Duffs mascots (Tipsy, Queasy, Edgy, Surly, Sleazy, Remorseful and Dizzy) greeting guests by the entrance and hints at a cheeky parody to the Disney/Busch Gardens.

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Bumblebee Man’s Tacos offers the standard fare of chicken, fish and carne asada tacos, along with the unexpected addition of “Asian Inspired” Korean beef tacos. For those with a sweet tooth hankering, Lard Lad brings a “variety of freshly prepared [debatable] fried treats,” including sprinkle-laden “The Big Pink” and “Brain Freezin’ D’oh-nut Sundaes.”

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The new joints join Krusty Burger, Moe’s Tavern, Kwik-E-Mart and more iconic Simpsons-themed establishments brought to life.

Check out the video below for a quick tour of the park’s latest additions.

H/T + PicThx Inside the Magic

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Moe’s Tavern Now Open, Serving Duff Beer & More

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After announcing plans to open a Simpson Theme Park just over a week ago, Universal Orlando has officially declared Fast Food Boulevard open to the public.

At the moment, Moe’s Tavern, Krusty Burger, the Frying Dutchman, Lisa’s Teahouse of Horror, Luigi’s Pizza and Cletus’ Chicken Shack are open for business, serving up iconic dishes seen on The Simpsons. Most notably, Duff Beer.

Unfortunately, with the exception of Moe’s Tavern, the eateries are not separate establishments and instead are grouped together under one food court. Although Krusty Burger appears to be a restaurant in itself, it’s actually just a seating area open to all guests dining at any of the quick service counters. Still, the fact that they’re serving Clogburgers from Krusty Burger and Double-Battered Chicken from Cletus’ Chicken Shack has us pretty giddy.

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At Moe’s Tavern, the Duff Beer is rightfully alcoholic and available as Lite or Dry , with a taste similar to Budweiser. As a special treat, Flaming Moe’s are also on the menu and while it’s sadly neither boozy nor on fire, the park does it’s best by serving it as orange soda served on dry ice for a smoky effect.

Oh, Florida, why you so far?

Head over here for more deets and photos.

H/T + PicThx Inside the Magic

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Simpsons Theme Park Will Feature Krusty Burger & Serve Duff Beer

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Let me sum up this article in five words: There will be Duff Beer.

Other than that, yes, Universal Orlando will be building a real-life Springfield — the hometown of America’s most endearing animated family (Full House? Get outta here). The new outdoor attraction will include the actual restaurants, stores, characters and food featured in The Simpsons.

Visitors will be able to feast upon a “Krusty-certified” meat sandwich at Krusty Burger, pizza at Luigi’s Pizza, donuts at Lard Lad, fish at the Frying Dutchman, a “Taco Fresho” with Bumblebee Man and Duff Beer at Moe’s Tavern.

“This will be a must-see experience for Simpsons fans all over the world,” raved Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative, in a press release. “For the first time ever, they’re going to be able to enter a world that they’ve only seen on television – and we’re really excited to bring that world to life.”

I’m not gonna front, I’m way more excited for this than I was for Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. Mostly because I felt cheated when I found out the Butterbeer was a cream soda sham.

H/T + PicThx Eater