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Well, This Is One Way Restaurants Can Approach ’90s Nostalgia

Be kind, rewind… your plate

The Spice Girls have returned, Monica Lewinsky is producing a season of American Crime Story, Pizza Hut’s old red roof lives again — the ‘90s are back, baby!!! One eatery embracing generation-old aesthetics, Smitty’s Oyster House, will see your hypebeast can of AriZona and raise you one cellophane-wrapped VHS tape of The Bodyguard used as a plate. The shoreline restaurant, located in the Canadian town of Gibsons, B.C., is apparently sandwiching strawberry gelato between peanut-butter cookies, calling them “ice cream sammiches,” and serving them on ancient VHS copies of film classics, including the aforementioned The Bodyguard (1992), as well as Parenthood (1989).

The dish, which raised a lot of eyebrows on social media these past couple days, is confirmed to be a regular offering at the decidedly contemporary-looking Smitty’s, reports CBC Vancouver’s Justin McElroy. “Delicious and nutritious (don’t quote me on the nutritional value),” a Smitty’s source told McElroy. That still leaves a lot of questions unanswered, namely: why.

Here are some follow-up questions: Did a video store recently close and need to unload its stock in a hurry in Gibsons? Do the servers shrink wrap all the tapes before service, or do they do it during their shifts? Do diners, as custom dictates, need to rewind before returning? Here are some movies I personally would like to eat off of: Home Alone (1990), Forrest Gump (1994), and the double-tape set from Titanic (1997) if I happen to decide on a pairing.