I love travel documentaries, pointless challenges, and pop culture ephemera that should go but somehow survive. This viral video has them all. in “I drove to every rainforest cafe in North Americayoutuber Ted Nivision And so does his partner, Eddy Burbach. They drive nearly 10,000 miles to malls from California to New Jersey to Canada just to soak in the inexplicable vibe of Rainforest Cafe, where the animals are animatronic, the food is mediocre, and an indoor thunderstorm hits every 22 minutes.
The chain was founded in 1994, in the midst of the themed restaurant craze, and somehow it’s still alive, unlike shuttered bad-food-ideas The Fashion Cafe, Mars 2112, Dive! (Steven Spielberg’s submarine-themed restaurant chain), and WWF New York (a restaurant about professional wrestling). Sadly the writing may be on the wall for Rainforest Cafe. America once had 34 locations, but only 17 remain, so don’t put off the visit.
This video is one of those projects that divides people into two groups: Those who say, “But why would you do that?” And those who say, “Why would you do anything else?” I’m totally in the second camp, because as Nivision said: “This is the stupidest, most ridiculous restaurant in existence, and I love it.”