Since moving back to southern California, Andy and I have been looking for fun local adventures we can enjoy as a family and finding the banana stand was perfect! Actually finding it wasn't that hard. We both follow Arrested Development on twitter and each night they announce the next days location. We found the Banana Stand at the Grove in Los Angeles.
We decided to arrive early because we had no idea how bad the lines would be. We ended up third in line! But within minutes of joining the queue, hundreds of people got in line behind us. Good thing we arrived early!
We were a little disappointed to learn that the frozen bananas were actually pre packaged and did not have nuts on them like the ones made famous on the show. But they were still delicious! We took a whole bunch of photos, but had to leave early because we had to get to an appointment. I am hoping that they will bring the Banana Stand to Orange County (a little closer to our house and its actual location on the show) before the end of the week so we can go back for more frozen bananas!
Still of the Banana Stand from an episode Arrested Development
Frozen Banana Stand at the Grove in LA!
All the details are there right down to the hand scribbled "Cash Only" sign on the register, price list, (the bananas were actually free), large Christmas lights, "Come In We're Open" sign, and photo of George, Sr. hanging inside. Even the blue painted barrel trash can is here!
Here I am third in line!
Hundreds of people in line behind us!
Getting our bananas!!!
Lilly enjoying her frozen banana (I could not post the photo of myself with my banana as it was unintentionally way too suggestive!)
Her enjoyment was short lived as she dropped it soon after the first photo was taken :(
With my "Mr. Manager" sticker they handed out at the stand
The moment that made us want to find the banana stand in the first place: When we accidentally stumbled upon the stair car the previous week in LA!