The 1988 comedy “Coming to America” features a McDonald’s knockoff, McDowell’s.
For two days, one restaurant brought the look and flavor of McDowell’s to Hollywood, according to Eater Los Angeles.
Fat Sal’s turned into McDowell’s for Halloween, transforming its exterior and interior, along with adding some menu items, ABC7 reports.
New to the menu were the Big Mick, the Sexual Chocolate Shake and Zamunda Fries. There was also McDowell’s merchandise.
The line of hungry patrons and movie fans stretched out the door.
The film features Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) as the prince of a wealthy African country who is seeking a wife who will love him – and not just due to his title. To escape an arranged marriage, he flees to America with sidekick, Semmi (Arsenio Hall), to find his queen. He dons a disguise of a foreign student working in fast food – McDowell’s – and falls for the eatery owner’s daughter, Lisa (Shari Headley). He struggles to show her his true identity and to reveal his marital intentions to his father (James Earl Jones), the king.
There is reportedly a sequel on the way.
Fat Sal’s got a shout-out from Hall and Headley, along with Paramount Movies:
Fat Sal’s wasn’t the only restaurant to dress up as McDowell’s – Chicago’s The Wiener’s Circle also went the “Coming to America” route.