The Forked River House was packed with a sea of fans clad in trademark red and yellow on Wednesday evening who came to meet wrestling legend Hulk Hogan.
Lines of people stretched out from Hogan's signing and photo table inside the building, all the way through every corner of the restaurant and outside onto the sidewalk, where the line stretched even further yet.
Fans in attendance ranged from small children to those who had clearly followed Hogan’s career from its start, wearing commemorative T-shirts and clutching their favorite memorabilia.
“It’s a free-for-all in here,” manager Mike Hickey said.
Hogan appeared at the restaurant from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and was genuinely happy to meet his fans (long ago termed the “Hulkamaniacs”).
“The Forked River House is getting a shot of HULKAMANIA April 25th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Let's rock the place,” he tweeted last Friday. Hogan’s fans in attendance needed no further motivation, as they greeted Hogan with a raucous standing ovation upon his entrance into the restaurant.
Those seeking to have any item signed by the Hulkster did so for $99, and a signed, personalized posed photo with Hogan cost fans $150.
Hulk Hogan (real name: Terry Bollea) is best known for his time in the world of professional wrestling, where he began his career in 1978. Hogan went on to rule the ring for the better part of the next three decades in both the World Wrestling Federation (renamed World Wrestling Entertainment in 2002) and World Championship Wrestling, encouraging young fans to “train, say their prayers and eat their vitamins.” He currently appears as an on-air talent and the storyline general manager of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Hogan has also appeared in numerous feature films, such as “Rocky III”, “No Holds Barred”, “Suburban Commando” and “Mr. Nanny”, in addition to several television shows — most notably, “Hogan Knows Best”, a VH1 reality show that centered on the family life of Hogan, his now ex-wife Linda, and their children, Nick and Brooke.
The Forked River House, has developed relationships with personalities inside the sports world, such as former Major League Baseball players Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson and Jose Canseco, who have all recently appeared at the restaurant for meet-and-greet events. Hulk Hogan’s appearance was just the latest to add to the list, according to management.