Rufus was left symbolically high and dry when the Bahooka, a tiki restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of Rosemead, closed last March.
But the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/1gcZaX1) says the property's current owners decided Monday to keep Rufus. They plan to build him a new 2,000-gallon tank, where Rufus will live when they open a Chinese restaurant on the site later this year.
Rufus was a beloved resident of the Bahooka. A veggie-loving relative of the piranha, patrons would feed him carrots as he lazed in his tank. He even appeared in a scene with Johnny Depp filmed for the movie "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."