It’s time to break out the ’stache, your snazziest pair of thick square frames, or your kid sister’s bunny-ear hat: What’s Up? Hot Dog! (2481 East Hastings Street) is once again turning into the burger joint from the hit animated show Bob’s Burgers, and if you’re one of the hundreds of people expected to attend, you’ll want to dress the part.
For the third consecutive year, the East Vancouver spot will be transforming its interior and exterior to match that of the Belchers’ fictional family biz in celebration of Halloween. From October 28 to 31, Vancouverites can expect to see Bob’s Burgers’ recognizable red-and-yellow signage—complete with the “Grand Re-re-re-opening” banner that’s the result of a few mishaps in the series—episodes of Bob’s Burgers being screened inside, and the entire What’s Up? Hot Dog! staff dressed in character.
The local hot-dog bar will also be serving a special vegan- and gluten-friendly menu inspired by Bob and Linda Belcher’s puntastic Burger-of-the-Day deals. (Last year’s offerings featured burgers like “Blue is the Warmest Cheese”, “Sweet Home Avocado”, and “The Final Kraut Down”.)
In addition, a costume contest will run throughout the four-day fete that will award one dedicated fan with a Bob’s Burgers Music Album vinyl box and, according to the event’s Facebook page, “some other bonus CRAP we haven’t even FLIPPIN THOUGHT OF YET!”
Runner-ups will receive a $50 bar tab at What’s Up? Hot Dog! Those interested in entering the contest should notify a staff member at the party, where they will have their picture taken and contact information recorded.
What’s Up? Hot Dog! debuted its Bob’s Burgers–themed Halloween party as a one-day event in 2015, when it attracted a sizable lineup, one or two of the show’s animators, and even the attention of comedian Kristen Schaal, who voices Louise Belcher on the sitcom. It expanded to three days in 2016 and is running for four whole days this year. At the time of writing, over 300 people have RSVP’d.
What’s Up? Hot Dog!’s Bob’s Burgers takeover happens from October 28 to 31, from 11 a.m. to late daily. It’s open to all ages and entry is free.