A Super Mario Brothers Restaurant Is Opening Soon and We Can’t Wait to Try It
Toadstool Cafe opens next month in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood, and we're here for it.
Calling all gamers! A Super Mario Brothers restaurant called Toadstool Cafe opens next month in Super Nintendo World at the new Universal Studios Hollywood. The 265-seat restaurant boasts whimsical features from the Mushroom Kingdom, including power-up icons and bright green Warp Pipes on the ceiling, cartoonish oversized chairs, and bushy mustaches printed on hamburger buns that match up to diners’ lips as they bite. The soundtrack features music from various Super Mario Brothers video games.
The Toadstool Cafe is just one part of the amusement park’s attractions straight out of the iconic video games. Besides the restaurant, the lineup includes the Mario Kart-inspired ride Bowser’s Challenge, and a shop called 1-Up Factory. As with Disney, the Harry Potter theme park and Dollywood, Super Nintendo World appeals to children as well as nostalgic adults.
Toadstool Cafe is modeled after a sister restaurant, Kinopio’s Café, which opened at Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan in 2021. “Universal is known for putting you in an immersive environment, usually from a film, but in this case, we’re actually going into a game,” Jon Corfino, vice president of Universal Creative told LA Eater. “There was really never an option of saying, ‘We’re just going to serve chicken fingers or pizza.’ It was always the opportunity to do something special.”
What’s On the Menu at Toadstool Cafe?
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The menu at Toadstool Cafe offers familiar, casual food re-imagined through the world of Super Mario Brothers. From the Piranha Plant Caprese Salad to Power-Up Spaghetti Marinara to the Princess Peach Cupcake, no item is left unbranded. Meanwhile, the Mario burger has bacon, mushroom and cheese, while the Luigi burger has grilled chicken, pesto and Swiss cheese (both of them have buns imprinted with the iconic Brothers’ mustaches). Wash it all down with a Super Star Lemon Squash!