A tipster tells Grub that Rush Hour star Chris Tucker turned up at the Palm on Wednesday. He was reportedly in town for a few days while working on the film The Silver Linings Playbook, whose co-star Bradley Cooper has also been spotted hanging at the Palm, too. Meanwhile across town, Mayer Hawthorn stopped in for a cheesesteak at Jim’s on South Street prior to Monday’s performance at the the Electric Factory. Hawthorne tweeted that the cheesesteak made his “knees shake.” Still the question everyone’s asking is, where did Anthony Bourdain eat while in Philly on Wednesday?
That subject was batted around briefly on Craig LaBan’s online chat Tuesday, when chefs Scott Schroeder (South Philadelphia Tap Room, Scott Dogs, American Sardine Bar) and David Katz (Meme) crashed the party. The consensus was the No Reservations star was bound for Vetri. Well, turns out that if Bourdain ate anywhere, it was most likely room service at the hotel where he was staying. He told Phawker on Wednesday “all I have time for is to check into the hotel, throw some water on my face, take a bite of cheese from the complementary cheese tray, do my gig, by the time I’m finished doing the signing and the picture taking afterwards I collapse into my bed at 1 a.m., wake up at 4:30 or 5 and I’m off to the next city.”