GarfieldEats was a ghost restaurant themed after the Garfield franchise. It was founded in 2018 by Nathen Mazri and Pascal Haider.[1] The restaurant had locations in Dubai, U.A.E.; Toronto, Ontario and London, Ontario. The Toronto, Ontario location closed on November 9, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a dispute over rent;[2][3] an earlier dispute that year resulted in the restaurant closing temporarily.[4] It has since been reduced to a frozen foods brand, selling only "Big Cow" Lasagnas.[5]

GarfieldEats features entries such as lasagna (the title character's favorite food), Garfield-shaped pizza, "Garfuccinos", smoothies, and Garfield-shaped dark chocolate bars.[1][6][7] Customers could order food by using mobile phones attached to a restaurant's walls; or the GarfieldEats phone app for delivery.[6] The app also allowed customers to play games and to watch episodes of Garfield and Friends.[7]

The restaurant's slogan, "Love Me, Feed Me, Don't Leave Me", is based on the Garfield quote "Love me, feed me, never leave me"; Nathen Mazri was particularly inspired by its appearance in Garfield: The Movie.[8] Mazri and Garfield creator Jim Davis have described GarfieldEats as "entergaging" (a portmanteau of "entertaining" and "engaging").[1][9]

GarfieldEats shut down on Christmas Eve, 2021.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ a b c Hagi, Sarah (June 18, 2019). "I Ate Lasagna and Garfuccinos at the New Garfield-Themed Restaurant in Toronto". Food & Wine. Retrieved July 31, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Hughes, Josiah (November 12, 2020). "GarfieldEATS Has Closed". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 31, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Doradea, Karen (November 13, 2020). "Toronto's GarfieldEATS closes its storefront due to overdue rent". Daily Hive. Retrieved July 31, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Drum, Nicole (May 24, 2020). "Toronto's Garfield-Themed Restaurant Briefly Shuts Down". Comicbook.com. Retrieved July 31, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Carlberg, Amy (November 13, 2020). "Toronto's most bizarre pizza joint has shut down". blogTO. Retrieved August 30, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b Baird, Scott (March 20, 2019). "North America's First Garfield-Themed Restaurant Coming to Toronto". Screen Rant. Retrieved July 31, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ a b Bowman, Lisa (12 April 2018). "GarfieldEATS is a food delivery app for Garfield themed food in Dubai". Metro. Retrieved July 31, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Hughes, Josiah (September 2, 2020). "GarfieldEATS Founder Nathen Mazri Says His New Web Series Is Inspired by Quibi". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 31, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Jim Davis says " In 40 years, no one has ever come to me with such a crazy idea like GarfieldEATS, the world's 1st entergaging Garfield's quick mobile restaurant app "". GarfieldEATSco. Jul 28, 2019. Retrieved July 31, 2021 – via Twitter.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)