By Jason Collins | published 16 minutes ago
Video games have inspired some real-life things, such as Med-Packs with gels and foam that instantly close wounds and stop internal bleeding – although we still haven’t gotten to the “walk over” part – and Heads-Up Displays that would provide troops with real-time updates of the battlefield. Now a real Cluckin’ Bell opened at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, built as an immersive experience featuring some of Grand Theft Auto’s most iconic dishes.
According to a report by ComicBook.com, a real-life Cluckin’ Bell, Grand Theft Auto’s parody of real-life food chains, surfaced in San Diego at Comic-Con 2022 as an immersive experience for fans of the franchise, and a 4-day art show – which has sadly ended. the co-workers of Cluckin’ BelI also had unique uniforms, as seen in the video game series, as well as a printed menu and seating area where you could enjoy your Little Clucker and Farmer’s Surprise meals. Below you can see some shots.
The whole Grand Theft Auto restaurant was an incredibly accurate replica of the one featured in the game series, featuring workers in chicken hats, yellow uniforms, and the iconic “Taste the cock” slogan. The establishment sold Sprunk, which is an obvious parody of Sprite, and items on the menu mirrored those in the games, including Cluckin’ Huge, Wing Piece, Hot Cock, Chicken Sink, Little Pecker, 6i9 Cock, and the aforementioned meals , Little Clucker and Farmer’s Surprise.
There was also a poster on the wall reminding employees Trevor Phillips (one of the three main protagonists of Grand Theft Auto 5), followed by a ‘Refusal of Service’ sign informing other customers of Trevor’s numerous violations against the restaurant staff. This includes throwing grenades at employees, hijacking customer vehicles, vandalism and food and drink. It also warned customers that if they ever see Trevor in the restaurant, they should notify Cluckin’ Bell staff or call the Los Santos Police Department.
The entire Cluckin’ Bell event was run by BoyWorldWide, and shared via social media, featuring the team cooking and serving chicken in a fictional restaurant. Naturally, the team fully embraced their role as employees in GTA’s consumer parody of Taco Bell, Chick-A-Fill, Popeyes, and KFC, offering a slew of unhealthy but fun food to the fans and customers. It’s still not known if this popup was affiliated with Rockstar Games or not, but the performance really took cosplaying to a whole other level.
Restaurant Cluckin’ Bell first appeared in Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and reappeared in GTA 4 and the recently updated GTA 5 as a fast food chain founded by Charles K. Bell – nicknamed “The King of Cock” – whose management left the employees unhappy and downright rude to the in-game customers. You can actually hear the NPC wishing the customers would choke on their food, though it was carefully hidden in a pun. The real life service was undoubtedly better, at least we hope so. Hopefully we will see the restaurant again next year.