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A Pulp Fiction-Themed Bar Is Coming This March – Here’s What We Know


Spot Dick Dale’s “Misirlou” and start getting into character, because there’s a pulp Fiction-themed bar coming to the Valley next month – and yes, it will serve both delicious drinks and Royales With Cheese.

Local restaurateur Frank Vairo, owner of the Arcadia spot The bar, is opening a second neighborhood watering hole in downtown Gilbert in March. Like the original, which features subtle homages to The great Lebowskithe spin-off location will pay homage to another classic cult film, specifically Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 crime film.

Unlike The Bar in Arcadia, Vairo tells Phoenix New Timesthe Gilbert version won’t be as subtle when it comes to referencing the chosen film.

“On the Arcadia site, we have a few illustrations and other subtle details; you walk in and you wouldn’t know it’s a Big Lebowski-themed bar,” he says. “But with this one, you’re going to be like, ‘Oh wow, this is definitely about pulp Fiction.’ There will be a lot more in-your-face references and designs that play out on film.

Does that mean the 3,200 square foot establishment, located on Gilbert Road just north of Vaughn Avenue, will be a mock-up of Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Big Kahuna Burger or any of the other restaurants and bars seen or mentioned in the movie?

Probably not, says Vairo, which is one of the few details about the pulp Fiction references he is willing to talk about. Like mob wife Mia Wallace and hitman Vincent Vega facing a accidental heroin overdoseVairo adopts a “mother’s word” policy regarding the specifics of The Bar’s look.

“I don’t want to give away too much because I want to keep it a surprise for now, but there will be a lot of references and different design features playing to the movie and its scenes, like a beautiful mural,” Vairo said. . “We build the design and decor from scratch.” Vairo, which also has Arcadia spots Kitchenette and Dilly Dally LoungeGilbert says the Bar’s location will have many upscale bar features.

A large rolling door will lead to an outdoor patio and will be open on sunny days to allow for an indoor/outdoor feel. A DJ booth and sound system will help create a weekend “clubby vibe” (although there’s no word if they’ll be playing tunes from pulp Fictionfrom the now iconic soundtrack).

The references to pulp Fiction will also extend to the menu, which is created by chef Arturo Garino of Nook Kitchen, including the availability of themed items like a cheese royale Hamburger.

Vairo says they will also have milkshakes similar to the one served to Mia Wallace at Jack Rabbit Slim’s, although The Bar’s is quite boozy. He also admits that the shakes cost customers more than five dollars each.

“It was called the ‘Five-Dollar Milkshake’ in the movie, but I don’t think you can get away with charging so little these days,” he says. “We discussed selling it for just $5, but it would only be 2 ounces and it wouldn’t be feasible.”

Themed bars based on Tarantino’s career and his various films have started to become a thing in recent years. In 2017, a The Cincinnati bar called The Video Archive (which featured a mock-up of a VHS rental place hiding a speakeasy) opened and there’s also a Kill Bill– themed venue in Brisbane, Australia, called Kid.

Vairo says that the idea of ​​making a pulp Fiction theme came from their staff and social media.

“We posted something on our [Facebook] about movies that people like, and that’s what came out,” he says. “It’s a fantastic movie with this almost cult audience and we decided there were so many fun things we could do with the concept. Again, I’d say more, but you just have to see for yourself.