Landlord Orders Removal of Bob's Burger Mural from Rhea's Cafe

Rhea's Cafe, post-mural (Photo: Kevin L. Jones/KQED)

The owner of the building on 20th Street that houses the sandwich shop Rhea’s Cafe has forced the removal of a Sirron Norris mural that depicted characters from Bob’s Burgers, a popular animated Fox TV sitcom.

Fearing copyright infringement, the building’s owner enlisted Rhea’s executive chef and owner, James Choi, to paint over the four-month-old mural that had decorated its front roll-up doors. The mural of a couple embracing lovingly, depicted the show’s main characters, husband and wife duo Bob and Linda Belcher.

Norris, a local street artist who was once a tenant in the building that houses Rhea’s Cafe, is also the lead illustrator of the Bob’s Burgers sitcom.

“The producer [Loren Bouchard], who Sirron met, lived on 20th Street, a couple of blocks from here,” said Choi. “So that show was conceived right on this street.”

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