7:16am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'SpongeBob SquarePants': Real-Life Krusty Krab Restaurant to Open in Palestine (Photos)
A SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired Krusty Krab restaurant is in the works.
A real-life version of the restaurant featured in Nickelodeon's popular animated series is under construction in the Palestinian city of Ramallah by a company called Salta Burgers.
According to photos posted on the restaurant's Facebook page, special care is being taken to ensure that the eatery is a close replica of the one featured on the series. The page, which launched May 3, features a slew of photos showing various stages of construction.
The exterior resembles that of the animated Krusty Krab, down to the flags displayed on the roof (although one keen-eyed commenter noted that the flags were "in the wrong order"), while the tables feature the same bulls-eye design and the bathroom doors are even a spot-on match. A Mr. Krabs statue also has been erected.
According to the Facebook page, the restaurant will serve — appropriately enough — seafood, but media reports claim that a Krabby patty burger will be available as well.
On Thursday, the page noted that an opening date will be announced "shortly."
It's not the first real-life dining venue to take the Krusty Krab name: A Costa Rican restaurant previously adopted the moniker, but it has since closed.
It remains to be seen what Nickelodeon's legal team makes of the Palestinian restaurant. The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to the network, as well as to Salta Burgers, for comment.
See photos of the restaurant, along with the actual (animated) Krusty Krab, below.