Jay North reprises his role as the title character of the 1959-1963 situation comedy Dennis the Menace (1959) at Greaser's grand opening. His failure to impress Bart is a reference to Matt Groening's dislike of the TV show which was actually Groening's inspiration for creating the character of Bart Simpson first intended to be a "harder version" of Dennis Mitchell.
The following 1950s references are used for the menu items: Hamburgers named Allen Ginsbergers, for the beatnik writer Allen Ginsberg. The grilled cheese sandwiches are named Un-American cheese sandwiches, after the Senator'Joseph McCarthy (II)''s pejorative for people suspected of being Communists. The hot dogs are named polio dogs, after Jonas Salk's vaccine that would ultimately wipe out the dread disease.