Those recent wallet-busting lunch bills at Nello (Mikhail Prokhorov is said to have spent almost $19,000 and Jay-Z is said to have dropped $1,700) were small change compared to the $47,221 that Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich blew, according to a TMZ item that has now been removed. ("I’m not impressed. I’m happy," Nello Balan told the Post. "The only thing that would impress me is a $1 million tab.")
The flack for Abramovich’s London-based holding company now tells Cityfile that although Abramovich lunched at the restaurant on the day in question, he didn’t spend nearly that amount, and that the company is “in the process of investigating the origins of this inaccurate story, which we have been told was perpetuated by people connected to the restaurant.” Legal action may be taken, which just goes to show that you should be careful when you out celebs in your dining room.
For Nello’s sake, here’s hoping they weren’t the ones that tipped paparazzi off to Billy Joel’s recent lunch — video shows that the paps may have scared his date away! Anyway, below are this week’s non-Nello celebrity sightings.
Rouge Tomate: Stephanie March, Judah Friedlander, Kevin Zegers, and Margaret Colin were among the guests at the Up in the Air premiere party. [Grub Street]
Sweetiepie: Alexa Chung celebrated her 26th birthday on Wednesday with friends like Agyness Deyn and Tennessee Thomas. The birthday girl got a private room and ordered Champagne, cake, and ice cream. [Page Six/NYP]