Heavy Lobbying Brings Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand To Its Fictional Home On Balboa Island
The Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand from "Arrested Development" has been making appearances all over the country and Los Angeles County in anticipation of the Season 4 premiere on Netflix. But there was one locale that was really bummed to not be on the banana stand tour: Newport Beach where the show takes place.
Residents lobbied heavily to bring the banana stand to the Balboa Island locale that served as inspiration for the show. There was a change.org petition. Newport Beach mayor Keith Curry told KPCC, "I think it's only appropriate that it come to the home of the original frozen banana, and maybe have a banana taste-off."
A Netflix executive heard his plea and took him up on his offer. The banana stand will make its final stop this Sunday on Marine Avenue near the Balboa Island fire station, according to The Daily Pilot. That happens to be the same day as the Balboa Island Parade. It will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This stop will be different than the others. The Pilot reports that the stand won't actually be offering up frozen bananas—sounds like there won't be a banana taste-off. However, there are plenty of real-life banana stands nearby that we're sure would be happy to sell their treats to "Arrested Development" fans.
But Mayor Curry is happy: "We are very pleased to welcome the Bluth banana stand and the Netflix Arrested Development team to Newport Beach, the home of frozen bananas."
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