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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Finally Shutters in the French Quarter

The movie-inspired tourist trap lasted 20 years in New Orleans


Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., the Forrest Gump-inspired tourist trap that debuted in California in 1996, has finally closed its doors on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, reports NOLA.COM. It started selling shrimp and other seafood dishes about 20 years ago.

Of the kind of people who eat at the French Quarter’s Bubba Gump, Scott Gold wrote in Thrillist, “You are wearing Mardi Gras beads, and it’s September. You just bought a taxidermied alligator head. You can’t tell if you’re hungover or still buzzing. You think if you lived here, the city would probably kill you, and you’d be right.”

Texas-based Landry’s, Inc., who bought the chain in 2010, recently opened a Landry’s Seafood House just down the street from Bubba Gump in February of this year.