From Stardom to Shrimp, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Serves Up Movie Fare With a Cajun Twist

If you're familiar with the movie Forrest Gump, then you've definitely heard of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. The movie mega-hit spurred the creation of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co restaurants. You may think it's just a regular ole seafood restaurant, but Bubba Gump's story is rather interesting. After all, not many restaurants are named after a movie. Read on to find out more about the history behind this interesting restaurant franchise.

How It Started

After the movie's success, Paramount Pictures wanted to open a restaurant. They approached an existing restaurant chain, Rusty Pelican Restaurants Inc. After Rusty Pelican agreed to take them on, the concept was licensed to Paramount Licensing Inc. It was then sold to Landry's Inc and has been operating under them since 2010. The first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant opened on Cannery Row in Monterey, California in 1996. It's still the first and only restaurant operating today based on a major motion picture.

Bubba's Gumps is known for its great food and casual dining experience. Combine that with all the fun movie memorabilia and trivia, and you're bound to have a good time.

Eat at Bubba Gump's

If you're craving some delicious seafood and shrimp dishes, it's not hard to find a location. There are over 29 locations in the US, and international locations like Hong Kong and Mexico. All US restaurants have a killer happy hour deal with appetizers starting at $4 and drinks starting at $3. If you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home, you can order takeout or delivery at What you might not realize is that they're well-known for their baby back ribs. They've even won awards for their delicious ribs.

Celebrate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co

Every year, the Bubba Gump location in Times Square, New York hosts a huge New Year's Eve party. It'll only cost you $799 to snag a table to ring in the new year. In Atlantic City at the Golden Nugget Hotel, there's an annual Bubba Gump Shrimpfest. The menu includes Cajun shrimp, po'boys, and gumbo.

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