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McDowell's from Eddie Murphy's Coming to America, Now a Wendy's

By September 13, 2004

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Movie set from Coming to America Eddie Murphy's 1988 comedy Coming to America tells the story of an African prince who goes to find his future wife and queen in a land fit for a king's spouse: Queens. With Arsenio Hall as Semmi, his sidekick , Murphy's Prince Akeen gets a job at McDowell's, a knock-off McDonald's, run by the slightly zany Cleo McDowell (played by John Amos). The prince falls in love with Cleo's daughter and after a series of misadventures ends up marrying her.

Coming to America was filmed on location in Queens. McDowell's is still here (though it's now a Wendy's) smack dab in the middle of Elmhurst's Chinatown, on Queens Boulevard, near Broadway.

Best lines: Cleo McDowell: "Look...me and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding. See, they're McDonald's...I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds. "
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Comments

April 1, 2008 at 10:06 pm
(1) paul drewery says:

wow very interesting to know it’s a real place and still there! i’m watching coming to america now, great film.

July 24, 2009 at 5:07 pm
(2) Tony says:

I once interviewed Barry Blaustein (co-writer) of the movie. He told me that while they were converting the Wendy’s location to McDowell’s…the manager of a REAL McDonald’s located a few blocks west on Queens Boulevard came down the set irate and threatening to sue. Art does imitate life. *lol*

June 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm
(3) christella louca says:

Coming to.queens in 1 week, we will sure eat here.xx

August 29, 2013 at 6:26 pm
(4) Ian says:

Said to say but the wendy’s that sat at this location is gone.
The building was vacant and looks like they are going to tear it down.

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