Netflix recently released the fourth season of the TV show "Arrested Development," about the dysfunctional Bluth family and their various business ventures. One of those ventures is a frozen banana stand on Newport Beach's Balboa Island.
Just before the most recent season premiered, replicas of the banana stand popped up at several locations across the country. Except it didn't come to Newport Beach, much to the consternation of Newport's Mayor Keith Curry.
An online petition started making the rounds, which urged Netflix to bring the stand to Newport. Curry even came on Take Two to send his plea out into the airwaves. Well, Netflix execs heard his call and the banana stand finally made it there yesterday.
"We did the interview on Friday, [the folks from Netflix] called me on Tuesday and said they'd heard me on they air and had decided to bring the stand to Newport Beach," said Mayor Curry. "I was thrilled…We had our 20th annual Balboa Island Parade, and I thought there was no more perfect time and place to bring the Bluth Banana Stand to celebrate both the show and frozen bananas from Newport Beach."
Curry says the stand was a big hit and had plenty of customers as there were hundred of people there to celebrate the parade. Bluth Banana Stand was lined up at the end of the parade next to Newport Beach's other banana stands, Sugar and Spice, and Dad's Frozen Bananas.
Curry says the stand was a big hit and had plenty of customers as there were hundred of people there to celebrate the parade. Bluth Banana Stand was lined up at the end of the parade next to Newport Beach's other banana stands, Sugar and Spice, and Dad's Frozen Bananas. Curry even held up his promise to give Netflix a key to the city if they brought the stand to Newport.
"The key to the city offer may have been what clinched the deal," said Curry. "I did in fact give the key to the city to Shauna Spenley from Netflix and they appreciated that. Of course, they're always welcome to come back to Newport."