College Kids Wish They Could Work in These 10 TV/Movie Restaurants

By Madison White on August 6, 2017

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Working in a restaurant may not be the dream of most college kids, but it usually is a reality. Instead of working two dull shifts at your local diner, wouldn’t you rather be working somewhere with a little more character?

Though they may not be completely real, there are many fictional establishments that college students prefer over the real thing. Let’s be honest, your usual “What can I get for you today” routine could use some intrigue provided by these television and movie stars.

From hilarious hijinks to secrets and adventure, these 10 TV and movie restaurants have everything a college student worker is looking for.

1. Bob’s Burgers (Bob’s Burgers)

Tensions may be high while working at Bob’s Burgers, especially with your fierce rival Jimmy’s Pesto Pizzeria right across the street. Every day is a new adventure because you never know what kind of bad luck is going to strike the restaurant next, but at least you always get a good laugh. Plus, you’ll always have the scoop on what weird business has just moved in next door.

2. Krusty Krab (Spongebob Squarepants)

Depending on your personality type, the Krusty Krab may be heaven on Earth or the worst place in the world. With frequent break-ins and theft attempts by the wily Plankton, you always have to be on the top of your game. You won’t mind, even if it means losing a few dollars because of stingy Mr. Krabs.

3. Paddy’s Pub (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

If you like working with interesting (if not crazy) co-workers, then you’re bound to love working at Paddy’s Pub. The place may be a bit run down, but you’ll never run out of stories to tell your friends after every shift. It’s hard to believe what The Gang did this week.

4. Inn at the Crossroads (Game of Thrones)

Tired of job searching in the North or just need to stop on your journey for some temporary work? Look no further than the Inn at the Crossroads where you’ll hang out with Hot Pie and chow down on some dire wolf bread and kidney pie. Be careful about what you say though, some sketchy characters may pass through.

5. Central Perk (Friends)

Working at Central Perk gives you the chance to not only befriend some of the infamous Friends but also to work with one! Central Perk brings in countless amounts of regulars and even more weird shenanigans. So pour yourself a cup of coffee and get ready!

6. Los Pollos Hermanos (Breaking Bad)

Even if the Spanish name isn’t grammatically correct, your time working at Los Pollos Hermanos won’t be time wasted. Just make sure that you turn a blind eye to the sketchy things that go on behind closed doors. You don’t want to get wrapped up in whatever that Walter White is doing. After all, something delicious is always cooking.

7. Monk’s Cafe (Seinfeld)

Even if the coffee is crappy and the chef can’t make an egg, you wouldn’t want to miss out on working at Monk’s Cafe. Just think of the interesting characters and conversations that flow through on a regular basis. Who knows? Maybe George will even give you a flirty smile.

8. McLaren’s Pub (How I Met Your Mother)

While working at McLaren’s, the drunken regulars may be getting annoying, but at least they’re hilarious. Sometimes they sing on tables, sometimes they get behind the bar, and sometimes they hit on every girl that moves. But hey, word on the street is that the pub makes a pretty good burger.

9. Pizza Planet (Toy Story)

Pizza Planet was probably the place of your childhood dreams, even if it was a bit of a challenge for the toys of Toy Story. On your breaks, you can sample the pizza, try your hand at the claw machine, and maybe even drive the famed Pizza Planet truck. What’s better than that?

10. The Winchester (Sean of the Dead)

A classic British pub serving up classic British pints makes the Winchester a second home to most patrons. Plus, if you work there, you’ll feel a lot safer just in case, you know, the zombie apocalypse happens. After your shift, you can hang out, have a beer, and wait for the whole thing to blow over.

As long as you’re keen to laugh at mishaps and malfunctions, you’re probably a great fit for many of these fictional places. Let’s be honest, with some rather weird customers and even stranger coworkers, you wouldn’t be working there for the wages. You’d be working there for the free entertainment and maybe a few free meals.

But whether they’re animated or realistic, funny or daunting, it can’t hurt to imagine what it would be like as a worker in these made-up worlds.

Madison graduated with her Master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester (UK), and holds Bachelor's degrees in English and Creative Writing from Wichita State University. She currently teaches English at Wichita State University and works as a freelance writer and blogger on her website Madison White Writes and elsewhere.

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