Chef Antonio Park gets his share of celebrity customers at his restaurant on Victoria in Westmount. But nothing like this.
Yes, Katy Perry and Neil Patrick Harris (with partner David Burtka) ate at Park last night. And with 54.4 million and 9 million Twitter followers, respectively, it's safe to say that a few more people know who Antonio Park is today.
Patrick Harris' affinity for Park's food dates to 2012, when the Broadway performer was in Montreal to film The Smurfs 2. The How I Met Your Mother actor was a fixture at the restaurant for the length of the shoot and has remained a Park fan since.
The Chopped Canada judge told Eater Montreal today that despite the presence of Perry, the scene was relatively calm. The celebrity trio made their way through a dozen or so omakase courses - Perry was apparently persuaded to be adventurous - and the pop star had a bodyguard on hand to deter any feverish onlookers. Not everyone in the restaurant knew what the fuss was all about but a few teenage customers took to social media to disseminate the news.
Katy Perry performs at Centre Bell tonight.