[click to embiggen crappy pre-Brod phonecam shot]
We decided to take a chance and headed to the ever-delicious Pie ‘n Burger today for a nice lunchie.
It was straight up noon but we were lucky enough to get a table, and as we sat waiting to order, in walks Matthew Broderick. He made his way to an empty seat about midway down the counter and sat reading his newspaper. He got to keep his place a couple of minutes, until the waitress came up and asked if he’d been told to sit there or not.
Pie ‘n Burger is mostly counter, so when you get there you sign the list for seating regardless of whether you want the counter or a table. Apparently Matthew had not done so, and was asked to go up to the front, sign in, and wait his turn.
Imagine my disappointment when he did just that – no temper tantrum, no “Don’t you know who I am,” no nothing. I have to give him props for not being a jerk, and in fact for sticking it out in the face of what any other star of his caliber might well consider such utter humiliation.
A few minutes later he was back at the counter, a couple of seats down, all alone with his paper. We may have been the only people to notice him, but nobody came up to talk to him while we were there.
Secret Broderick fact: He likes butter on his toast.