After a long day of hunting Walking Dead Norman Reedus and Greg Nicotero know how to relax
Are TWD Sunday’s just not good enough? Fear not, the cast and crew of AMC’s mega-hit THE WALKING DEAD, have developed a relationship with each other that most of us are envious with. Considering the work and hardships they endure (losing a cast member is just as hard as losing their character) has formed a bond on and off the screen even after some leave the show. Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus share a brotherly love and constant shenanigans make for some hilarious stories and warm hearts.
It seems some of the relationships transfer into the business world, as well. Executive producer and director Greg Nicotero and fan favorite Norman Reedus have opened a new restaurant called “Nic & Norman’s” in Senoia, Georgia, where the show is filmed. Yes, you heard correctly… GREG NICOTERO AND NORMAN REEDUS HAVE A RESTAURANT !!! And while there aren’t any brains or dog food sandwiches, the menu includes the likes of Philly Cheese Steak Fries, Homestyle Meatloaf, Gourmet Pot Pies, Grilled Salmon, Norman’s Pick and Greg’s Pick Burgers, and High Road Craft Ice Cream.
The genesis of the idea of a restaurant was initially a joke, where the two would talk about opening a dive bar where they could hang out after filming. After singer Zac Brown had to close his bar in Senoia, Scott Tigchelaar who is with the studio where TWD is filmed, asked if they were serious about the idea. As Nicotero says with The Hollywood Reporter:
“He asked, ‘Were you guys serious about opening a bar because I know the perfect place,’” recalls Nicotero. “So I called Norman and said, ‘Were we serious?’ He laughed and told me, ‘Sure, why not?’ So I called my accountant and he told me, ‘Absolutely not! Restaurants are the worst investment ever!’ Then I called up Scott and said, ‘We’re in!’”
After bringing on THE WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman and EP Dave Alpert, they were opening a restaurant right across the street from Kirman and Alpert’s gift shop “The Woodbury Shoppe,” which had already seen 120,000 visitors in the past year.
The restaurant’s website states that the restaurant will be closed at 3pm each Sunday until December 11th so they can do special screenings of the show. People from around the world can wait up to 3 hours to be a part of the excitement. It’s also a frequent place for THE WALKING DEAD stars to unwind after the establishment has closed. Let’s recap one more…GREG NICOTERO AND NORMAN REEDUS HAVE A RESTAURANT. Just seeing if you were paying attention!
The restaurant is adorned with photos that the each of them has taken over the years. And with a 4.5 rating on Google reviews, you’re probably asking if we could see more of them opening around the country anytime soon. While Reedus would like to open another in Atlanta, Tigchelaar is a little more reserved:
“What our future will be depends on who you’re talking to and when you’re talking to them. It’d be fun to expand them all over the world, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
If you’re heading to Senoia to partake in the amazing looking menu and possibly catch a glimpse of the stars and crew of your favorite show, Nicotero has one request:
“We appreciate how the people we see there all just want to tell us thanks for the work we do. But please just don’t film us eating because, well, that’s kind of gross.”
You can head to NicAndNormans.com to learn more about the restaurant before you head across the country to witness the success yourself.]
So all THE WALKING DEAD fans can enjoy Greg Nicotero and Norman Reedus restaurant.
And if this doesn’t work out ‘Nic and Normans’ sounds like a great title for a sitcom! Kidding….:)