There are all sorts of reasons that celebrities come to Wisconsin. Some live here, others have family here.
Some come to work here with a concert or a film production. Others come as tourists, visiting Summerfest, the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh or another event.
But on Thursday night, actor Robert Downey Jr. dined with a pair of guests at the Packing House, 900 E. Layton Ave. Word is he was waiting for a plane at Signature Flight Support, across the street.
I'm guessing with the proximity to the airport, where private planes come and go as the commercial flights do, that he was stopping here on the way to somewhere else.
"King filet, side of shrimp scampi, sautéed mushrooms, bacon wrapped water chestnuts & escargot. Good tipper & friendly," The Packing House reported on Twitter on Friday. "He was with two other gentlemen. They split the appetizers but Downey ate well!"
One theory was that he was en route to Massachusetts to shoot his next film. The weather may have caused a delay and re-route to here in Milwaukee. The actor, known for his recent work as Tony Stark of the "Iron Man" and "Avengers" films, will be starring in "The Judge" with Leighton Meester, Dax Shepard, Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga. It is slated to be released in 2014.
Thanks. We have gotten a lot of inquiries about what he ate and many guests want to order the same thing and sit at the same table. We will run it as a special, with special pricing for a week. It certainly has created a lot of buzz and is the number one clicked story on this and other sites. To not take advantage of it would be bad business. It'll remain a special for a week. It'll remain on our sign for that length of time along with about 30 other messages. When given this level of buzz, might as well give the customer what they want. Our guess is that it'll run out of steam just as fast and be forgotten soon. We will refrain from further Twitter & Facebook posts on it and will keep the news in house to those who ask. We hope we have the opportunity to serve you soon!
You'll never mention it again? You have it posted on the sign outside of your restaurant now and you suddenly have an "Iron Man Special." Again, cool that he stopped in, but mentioning it non-stop since then is a little much.
I appreciate the previous comments. The whole thing has taken on a life of its own and I appreciate that it may seem we are trying to stretch it out. We will not mention it again. The reporter specifically asked to see the table Mr. Downey sat at. For the record, we never asked for the attention, it came to us. Never thought it would get this level of coverage.
4 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Steve Kabelowsky
Published March 2, 2015
Leonard Nimoy, who passed away on Friday morning in Los Angeles, had a world-wide following for his masterful work as Spock on "Star Trek."
Published Feb. 27, 2015
For the latest sweep that ended on Wednesday, WISN-TV Ch. 12 emerged as the winner as the most watched station in the market. This time, the ABC affiliate leaned on the strength of its early evening newscasts at 5 and 6 p.m.
Published Feb. 25, 2015
Too much snow, ice and cold get you down? "Sofia The First Holiday In Enchancia" DVD may be perfect for the youngest ones we bundle up in sweaters, blankets and big poofy jackets.
Published Feb. 24, 2015
There is little question why "Big Hero 6" won an Oscar on Sunday night. The animated movie, which comes out on Blu-ray combo pack today, has something special that can be expected out of a Disney Animation movie as much as it special sticking to its comic book origin.
Published Feb. 23, 2015
For those who saw "Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," and those who haven't, the Blu-ray is a perfect pickup for a family movie night. It is rated PG, so make sure kids are an age to handle this kind of comedy.
Published Feb. 23, 2015
WTMJ-AM 620 benefited from the Green Bay Packers' postseason, nabbing first place in the area ratings for January.
Published Feb. 20, 2015
Milwaukee Public Television, MPTV-TV Ch. 10, will air a local documentary on immigrants from Italy. "Storia Italiana" offers a deep look the impact they had on Milwaukee.
Published Feb. 18, 2015
After 19 years in television, and most recently a good deal of that time at WDJT-TV CBS 58, chief meteorologist Mark McGinnis is signing off the air.
Published Feb. 16, 2015
Based on the TV rankings for cable networks that air shows on connections to the past, many TV viewers are fans of history. That being the case, Fox Business Network's "Strange Inheritance" is offering a connection to JFK that history buffs should not miss on Monday.
Published Feb. 11, 2015
Last Sunday, chef Michael Feker of Il Mito kicked off the second season of "Our Dinner Bell." The next show airs at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on WISN-TV Ch. 12.