- "It's one of those nostalgia places but not done very well."
- —Doc Brown to Marty
The building was painted with Miami Vice-inspired pastel colors. Ronald Reagan, Ayatollah Khomeini and Michael Jackson appeared as Max Headroom-style video waiter simulcra on a television monitor advertising the day's specials; Jackson's hit "Beat It" was also one of the songs used for background music. Pepsi was sold there for $50 a bottle as Pepsi Perfect. There was a Wild Gunman video arcade game on the left side of the Cafe and a Pac-Man arcade game on the right side. The counter with the Pepsi logo was inspired by Japanese design. The walls of the cafe were covered with memorabilia, including an American flag next to a flag of the U.S.S.R.
The menu of the Cafe 80's included such plates as the Gorbachev Goulash Rambo, Fawn Hall Slice, Ollie North Platter, Reagan Scramble Salad, Princess Di Spud Cake, Liberace Fruit Salad, and Egg and Bacoon (sic).
While visiting 2015, Marty McFly intercepted Griff Tannen and his gang to prevent a terrible disaster that would unravel his entire family. He declined an offer to participate in an illegal "opportunity" in place of his son, Martin McFly Jr., thereby completing the original intention of the trip to 2015.
While at the Cafe 80's, Marty encountered Biff Tannen, now aged some 30 years from the version seen in 1985. Thinking he was talking to Marty Jr., Biff gave a gloomy foreshadowing to Marty's future saying that Marty McFly was "the man who took his life, and flushed it completely down the toilet."
Immediately afterward, Griff began a disruption that lead to a chase, much like in 1955 with Marty and Biff, but this version being on hoverboards.
Behind the scenes
- Elijah Wood, who would later become famous for portraying Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings (2001 - 2003), is seen in the Cafe 80's scene as one of the two boys who decline a game of Wild Gunman because it was "like a baby's toy."
- According to an early script for the movie, the Cafe 80's is owned by Biff's future son, Biff Tannen Jr.
- In the actual 2010s, many 80's themed restaurants have opened up (though none of these are anything like the Cafe 80's) and events like "80's Nights" are increasingly common in many cities.
- Cafe 80's is a parody of Cafe 50's, due to being in the future.