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 Dec. 22, 2014
Former "The Simpsons" writers Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh couldn't say no to putting "Star Wars" on a collision course with their "Phineas and Ferb" on the Disney Channel.
Published Dec. 21, 2014
As an extension of "Mickey's Clubhouse" on the Disney Channel, Disney Junior released "Minnie's Winter Bow Show" on DVD just in time for the holiday shopping season.
Published Dec. 19, 2014
Time Warner Cable customers who do a lot of travel - especially by way of General Mitchell airport here in the city - may want to check out the new roaming Internet access service.
Published Dec. 18, 2014
When "Maleficent" had its box office run, this live action adaptation re-imagined for the big screen brought in more than $700 million worldwide.
Published Dec. 17, 2014
One program that has been successful, stayed true to reality TV and centers around projects is "Treehouse Masters" on Animal Planet. The third season will start on Jan. 9 at 9 p.m.
Published Dec. 16, 2014
When I think of a true Disney movie, I think of "Sleeping Beauty." It is a pinnacle achievement from the animation studio's golden era.
Published Dec. 15, 2014
As the holidays tend to take us away from the TV screen, the major networks put regular series on pause. It means that most serial programs will end with a mid-season finale and come back in the new year with more episodes in spring.
Published Dec. 14, 2014
"Guardians of the Galaxy," taking the same comic book universe of "The Avengers" to the stars, was a gamble for Marvel and Disney, but was one that was worth the effort as proven by its huge international box office take.
Published Dec. 12, 2014
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel has been covering high school sports at different levels of competition around Milwaukee for years. This winter sports season is no different as teams from both the Green Bay and Milwaukee markets will be featured.
Published Dec. 10, 2014
For the second year, many of the groups from the TV show will go out on the national "The Sing-Off Live! Tour." Already booked are VoicePlay from season four and Street Corner Symphony from season two. The March 28 show at the Riverside is one of 55 stops the TV show tour will make in 2015.