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Hungry Heifer

The Hungry Heifer is a fictitious restaurant on Cheers that Norm frequents.

First mentioned in "I'll Be Seeing You, Part 1", the Hungry Heifer is originally a restaurant that Norm dislikes. He mentions it as a new place downtown, but the food is bad and the service is bad as well. However, Norm keeps getting lured back by the specials, even though he knows repeated indigestion should have stopped him. He gradually comes to like the place more, and even defends it.

The Hungry Heifer is a place that sells cheap meat and meat-like substances (like "beff" and "loobster") and is apparently designed for heavy eaters that aren't picky about what they eat.

We see the Hungry Heifer in Season 5's "Cheers: The Motion Picture" as a place Norm takes Woody. He is well known there by this time, getting the same "Norm!" greeting from everyone that he traditionally gets at Cheers. Corrine, a relief waitress at Cheers, also works here. This is where Norm famously ordered the "All you can eat, Feeding Frenzy for Two", and Woody assumed he ordered for both of them. When Norm stated the order was just for himself, Woody ordered the Feeding Frenzy for One.

The Hungry Heifer is the center of the episode "Grease" from Season 9. This episode changed the backstory of the Heifer a bit; It is revealed that Norm has known the owner Sid Nelson since college as he used to prepare dishes for him (not that it's presented as a place Norm has known and loved since his college days). Sid, having felt guilty for years about serving unhealthy food to his customers (like Norm), burns the place down in this episode to collect the insurance money. Sid had originally made a deal to sell the restaurant for several times it's value but Norm started a campaign to save the place, eventually getting it declared a landmark. Having not told Sid, at what Sid planned to be a grand closing celebration, Norm announces that he has saved the restaurant.

Sid himself tells Norm how he'd wanted to get out of the business and sell the place, even asking Norm to light the match to burn it down, saying that Norm is the "son I never had". Norm seemingly convinces Sid to keep the restaurant open and serve healthier offerings, however, Sid gets one of his busboys to light the match, now calling the busboy the "son he never had".


  • This is a parody of the Hungry Horse which is a pub restaurant chain in the United Kingdom
  • The Hungry Heifer also appears in Critters 2 diner scene