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Move over fish & chips, Houston billionaire expands seafood restaurant empire to London

Houston billionaire expands seafood restaurant empire to London

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Can Bubba Gump's Shrimper's Net Catch replace London's fish and chips as a local favorite? Courtesy of Landry's Inc.
Tilman Fertitta, September 2012, head shot
Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta looks forward to expanding Landry's Inc. to more international locations. Courtesy Photo
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The Bubba Gump logo lights up in London's Trocadero Oct. 1.
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London's Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. interiors could echo the Galveston location. Photo by Karen Burd
News, Shelby, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., London, Sept. 2014
Tilman Fertitta, September 2012, head shot
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Even with Tilman Fertitta's track record on restaurant success, it takes a lot of moxie to open a seafood eatery in the homeland of fish and chips. But that's just what the owner and CEO of Landry's Inc. announces today — the opening of a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. franchise in London.

 Conveniently for the Houston billionaire, his Challenger jet can make that jump across the pond in no time. 

Conveniently for the Houston billionaire, his Challenger jet can make that jump across the pond in no time. With his penchant for traveling, Fertitta will surely want to check out the down home atmosphere that Bubba Gump's promises to deliver in London's Trocadero neighborhood.

In a prepared statement, Fertitta notes, “Having established Landry’s as one of the leading dining and entertainment companies, we are looking forward to continuing to expand our presence in other countries.”

Is London bracing for the Oct. 1 opening when Dixie Style Baby Back Ribs, Mama Gump's Garlic Bread Basket and 19 different preparations of shrimp will be on the menu? We can't say for certain, but family-friendly Bubba Gumps promises to give the iconic fish and chips menu a Southern style challenge.

In addition to locations in Orlando, Santa Monica and New Orleans, among the 41 restaurants located primarily in tourist-oriented locations, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. has international locations in Bali, Hong Kong, Tokyo and points beyond.