NEW: Rocker Bon Jovi dines at Lake Worth restaurant


Wanted … tuna tostada?

That was one of the items on the menu for celebrity rocker Jon Bon Jovi during his visit to Benny’s on the Beach on Wednesday afternoon. Bon Jovi, the lead singer and the namesake of the American rock band Bon Jovi, dined at the oceanfront Lake Worth restaurant along with a party of 20.

His visit was not a surprise, Benny’s manager Justin McCall said.

Max Lipton, whose family owns the restaurant, said a close friend of the Liptons brought Bon Jovi in for a meal. It was known that he would be stopping in, but his appearance was not promoted out of concern that it might attract a larger than capacity crowd, McCall said.

“He was super chill,” McCall said of Bon Jovi, who ordered the seared tuna tostada, one of the restaurant’s best sellers.

Bon Jovi marveled at the views of the beach and the Lake Worth Pier, said his server, Dan Orlando. The weather — sunny and breezy — was especially pleasant on the deck where Bon Jovi and his party were seated, Orlando said.

“He had a great time,” Orlando said.

Among those at the table was Richard Peddie, owner of the Toronto Raptors NBA basketball team, Orlando said.

Bon Jovi and Peddie are not the first celebrities to visit the oceanside seafood restaurant. Lipton said Fabio, Dr. Oz, Bob Saget and Serena Williams have frequented Benny’s. Last month, Vanilla Ice came for a meal.

“We have a decent amount of well-known people who come through here,” Lipton said.

Lipton said that at first, Bon Jovi, his wife and four children slipped in unnoticed by most of the customers. He sat toward the back and had a relatively uninterrupted lunch. On his way out, diners noticed him and pointed. Some asked for pictures, and Bon Jovi kindly obliged, Lipton said.



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