A Million Dollar Idea
Most of the major cities and high-priced tourist traps you visit have at least one "theme" restaurant, where you eat mediocre food in an interactive environment. There are a bunch of them out there. There's Johnny Rockets (50's Diner theme), The Hard Rock Cafe (Rock and/or Roll theme), Medieval Times (watch guys in armor hit each other with plastic swords while you eat with your hands and smell horse-droppings theme), Planet Hollywood ("Look! It's the t-shirt Michael Keaton wore in Mr. Mom!" Theme), Rainforest Cafe (I
can't hear you, there's a giant robot elephant shrieking behind me, theme), and a whole lot more.
There's even a restaurant called "The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.", based on the film, "Forest Gump". A fine film, for sure, but does it have enough of a rabid fan base to pack in the crowds? Apparently, it does. So why not have a theme restaurant for one of the most beloved films of all time?
This is such a winner idea, I can't believe no one has thought of it yet. Since I do not own the rights to this property, and currently lack the venture capitol to get it off the ground, I can only imagine what would await customers at this eatery:
• The restaurant, of course, would be based on the wacky Mos Eisley Cantina Bar seen in the original film. Filled with employees dressed as all the weird aliens hanging around the bar.
• In the film, as you may recall, 'Droids (robots) were not allowed in the bar. So when you enter the restaurant, there will be a big sign that says, "NO 'DROIDS PAST THIS POINT". Stormtroopers could put little kids through a "scanner" to make sure they were not "'Droids in disguise". Kids would love that.
• Music would be provided by the cantina band in the original film. For additional atmosphere, every now and then a lightsaber battle could break out to entertain patrons.
• The menu could feature dining options like: Bantha Burgers, Jawa Juice, Chewbacca Chicken Nuggets, Palpatine Pasta, Sandman Salad and Han's Hot Buns. All these overpriced items could be washed down with that blue milk they were chugging in the film.
As the title of this entry suggests, this is a big money idea, so if you are George Lucas or have a bunch of cash sitting around, give me a call and we can get started.
I have other theme restaurant ideas (how 'bout a Batcave restaurant that you have to slide down a pole to get into?), but you never know when some savvy investor will contact me, so I'm keeping the rest of my ideas to myself.
One more: "The Green Acres Pick Your Own Produce/Arnold Ziffle Encounter!