Restaurateur dishes on celeb clientele

Feb. 1, 2005 at 10:13 AM
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BRASíLIA, Brazil, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The owner of a popular New York restaurant has told the Brazilian press of his encounters with many of his celebrity patrons.

Jeffrey Jah, while tending to his Lotus restaurant's Brazil branch, told Veja he once had to send home an intoxicated Joaquin Phoenix and a similarly inebriated Paris Hilton had to be carried out of her own party, the New York Daily News said.

The entrepreneur revealed he is not afraid to boot famous faces from his establishment, saying he once kicked out Courtney Love and twice removed Mark Wahlberg from the premises.

Jah said he also came close to harsh words with rappers Jay-Z and Sean "P-Diddy" Combs. He claimed Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman had a major row in the kitchen when they were still married and went home separately.

Some celebs are very picky about seating arrangements, Jah was quoted as saying.

"There are some who won't be in the same VIP room, like Tobey Maguire who will not sit near Joaquin Phoenix, or David Blaine who won't sit with David Copperfield," he said.

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