“The Walking Dead” isn’t the kind of TV series that makes people hungry. Chances are the grotesque AMC zombie drama has the opposite effect, not counting the delicious-looking applesauce cookies Carol made for the Alexandria dinner party. This is the same show where poor Noah had his face chewed apart by zombies and Bob watched cannibals dine on his detached leg.
And yet, it appears “The Walking Dead,” as morbid and unappetizing as it is, has inspired more than a few restaurants since it debuted in 2010.
Zombies became popular again thanks, in large part, to one of the highest rated shows on television. And because the restaurant industry loves a good trend, that popularity carried over into zombie-themed eateries.
Here’s a look at the restaurants where fans of “The Walking Dead” can get their zombie fix, from an Iowa burger chain with post-apocalyptic decor and a Southern California doughnut shop with morbid pastries to a Georgia cafe co-owned by the creator of the comic that the TV series is based on.
You have to hand it the animatronic Frankenstein monster at Frankenstein Pub in Edinburgh, Scotland — the guy knows how to make an entrance.
The monster emerges from a smokey balcony on a gurney every day at 6 p.m. and midnight, shortly after the lights have been dimmed and the speakers have been taken over by the sounds of thunder and groaning. He is slowly lowered to the main floor, where he sits up to scan the room before being raised back up.
The Frankenstein show takes place at least three times a day, with the staff sometimes firing up the show upon request.
You know how TGI Fridays boasts “In here, it’s always Friday” in ads for the restaurant chain? In Beetle House, the Tim Burton-themed restaurant in New York’s East Village, the motto is “It’s Halloween all year long.”
Advantage: Beetle House.
The restaurant pays tribute to the quirky creator of “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and his gothic-heavy film catalog. It should be noted, however, that Beetle House is not affiliated with Burton. The disclaimer on the website describes Beetle House as an “artistic adaptation.”
Imagine you’re having dinner at a restaurant when all of a sudden the lights go out and the only thing you can see in the pitch black establishment is a loud red siren going off. Every couple seconds you hear what sounds like a bat slamming against metal and startled customers screaming. All you can do is sit there helplessly with your food getting cold in front of you and wait for the scare that might be coming your way next.