The Krusty Krab is a fictional fast food restaurant in the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. It is famous for its signature burger, the Krabby Patty, the formula to which is a closely guarded trade secret.

A recent social media post gained steam recently that said the Krusty Krab Restaurant is coming to Lakeland, Florida:

Photos from “The Krusty Krab” themed restaurant purported to be opening in Florida:

We did some digging into this to find out if and when “The Krusty Krab” will be coming to Florida.

According to the photos, the restaurant is actually named “The Rusty Krab” and does appear to be themed after the Spongebob restaurant.

However, it appears to be a Houston, Texas based pop-up bar experience at the moment (https://www.facebook.com/kefihtx/). Messages to both the original poster and the facebook page were sent to inquire about the opening in Lakeland, Florida, but no response has been given yet. Stay tuned as we will update this post once we hear back.

Here is some information from the Houston based pop up experience:

From their facebook page: “Hey Houston, TX! ? The newest and hottest SpongeBob Popup exhibit has arrived in Houston! ? Bring back all the childhood nostalgia with our recreated version of “The Bottom of Bikini.” ? Experience one of the largest, over-the-top, multi-room, and COVID-Friendly interactive pop-ups to ever hit Houston! Enjoy SpongeBob inspired drinks, food, and photo-op experiences. We also have fun activities throughout the week, including Game Night, Trivia, Scavenger Hunts, Painting with a Twist, and so much more! ALL ages are welcome – so grab your friends and family and come on by! We are kid-friendly until 8:30pm everyday. This pop-up ends August 1st! Tickets are going fast, so get yours before we are SOLD OUT! You can find more info and purchase tickets through the link below ? https://www.therustykrabexperience.com/ ?711 Main St Suite 101 Houston, TX – We will also be having more fun and new themes throughout the year. Follow us on Instagram (@kefihtx) to stay updated on the current attraction! Come see what the HYPE is all about!

Here is a look inside the Houston experience: