If area "Arrested Development" fans happen to see Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand during the Balboa Island Parade this weekend, they should know it’s not an illusion, Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry wrote in an email Thursday night.
After some lobbying to bring the banana stand through Newport Beach — hometown of the fictional Bluth clan — the tour promoting the TV show’s new season will make its final stop Sunday on Marine Avenue near the Balboa Island fire station.
“We are very pleased to welcome the Bluth banana stand and the Netflix Arrested Development team to Newport Beach, the home of frozen bananas,” Curry wrote.
Fans can say “Annyong” to the cash-lined confection kiosk from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Earlier this month, a Netflix spokeswoman had said that there were no plans to bring the tour to Newport, despite the show’s close ties to Orange County and an outcry in the community.
But Curry wrote that he received a call from a Netflix representative Monday, taking him up on an offer he made on public radio last week to welcome the banana stand if it swung by.
The final countdown to the resurrected series’ hotly-anticipated season 4 release is already over, however: The season was released for streaming at midnight on Sunday.
And although the Bluth stand won't be peddling any actual frozen bananas, visitors can buy them at one of the several old-fashioned banana stands nearby. They'll probably cost less than $10.