When Gene Wilder died on Aug. 29, fans of the actor mourned. Though the actor stopped making films in 1991, he stayed busy writing six books, including a few novels and a memoir.
Remembered for his comedic talent, he considered himself not a funny man. Two of his most popular films showcased his comedy chops, however. Alamo Drafthouse’s Ritz’s location will screen “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Blazing Saddles” later this week, and his kooky take on Willy Wonka inspired one bar in Australia’s homage.
Bar Luca in Sydney, Australia honored Wilder deliciously: with a colorful, sweet-and-savory burger.
Bar Luca started advertising their Beauregard Burger (named after Violet Beauregarde, who accidentally expanded into a blueberry in the “Willy Wonka” movie) on Sept. 5 as their burger special of the week. The bar also created a Wonka-inspired Nerds milkshake, and will be giving away golden tickets that are redeemable for a free burger and drink.
Willy Wonka (and probably Gene Wilder in all forms) would approve.