I Dined at a Bored and Hungry NFT Themed Fast Food Restaurant

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In April, California-based restaurateur Andy Nguyen opened Bored and Hungry, a smash burger concept in Long Beach, California with a Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) flair.

Burgers, fries, a pink drink all in ape branded Bored and Hungry packaging.



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I visited the one-of-a-kind concept on an early Tuesday afternoon in May.

The cash register at the Bored and Hungry store with wall decals.



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While Bored and Hungry’s saucy smash burger and seasoned fries were simply scrumptious, the unbridled Bored and Mutant Ape theme felt kitschy. And I’m still not convinced NFTs are the only way forward for restaurants.

Burgers, fries, a pink drink all in ape branded Bored and Hungry packaging.



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If it weren’t for the Ape branding, Bored and Hungry would’ve been your everyday smash burger stand.

Inside the Bored and Hungry store with ape decals.



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The store was once a Southern fried chicken spot that was about to become a Beleaf vegan burger location before Nguyen and his team turned the space into a BAYC wonderland.

Inside the empty Bored and Hungry store with ape decals on the walls, floor, windows.



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In theory, Bored and Hungry is nothing more than a burger shop that has strong branding and accepts crypto.

Two burgers, fries, a pink drink all in ape branded Bored and Hungry packaging.



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But the Ape branding alone is enough to draw in thousands of hungry NFT enthusiasts.

The cash register at the Bored and Hungry store with wall decals.



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When Bored and Hungry first opened its doors on April 9, about 1,500 customers showed up, creating a line that wrapped down the block, Nguyen told Insider.

Inside the Bored and Hungry store with ape decals, graphic walls.



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There were even international and out-of-state visitors, including people from Miami and Brazil.

Inside the Bored and Hungry store with ape decals, graphic walls.



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And more recently the pop-up saw patrons from Norway, who told Nguyen they “had to be there,” he recounted to Insider.

Two burgers, fries, a pink drink all in ape branded Bored and Hungry packaging.



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“This is part of history,” the international visitors told the mastermind behind Bored and Hungry. “No one’s done this before.”

Inside the Bored and Hungry store with ape cutouts.



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