Tom Hanks Visited Toronto's Grinder Coffee Following Social Media Campaign
Hanks showed up on Friday night (September 6) for a cup of coffee — but as the café was closing up for the night, unfortunately.
An employee named Tony was mopping up after locking the front door, so Hanks had to knock on the front glass door to get his attention.
Once the movie star was let in, Tony called owner Joelle Murray.
"I picked up the phone and it wasn't my staff, it was Tom Hanks," Murray told CBC. "So that was quite a surprise."
She added, "He was so funny and generous. He told me I was very clever, so that made my day, absolutely."
Hanks marks the second successful TIFF "stalking" for Grinder Coffee. Last year, after a similar campaign, Ryan Gosling dropped in for a drink.
The year prior, they tried to get Idris Elba to visit, but he never showed up.
See photos of Hanks' surprise visit below.
Day 7.5 of the #tomneedsgrinder campaign. New # : #tomneededgrinder. He found us funny and he freakin came!! Sorry for the pics, it seems that he came at closing time when Tony was mopping up, sadly Joelle was at home. However she had a very nice chat with Tom on the phone. Thank you @tomhanks for taking time at #tiff to come visit us. We appreciate you giving some #love back to a small independent coffee shop who truly admires yah! Really kind of you 🤗😍😘 @idriselba now that is how you do it! Boom! @tomhanks we have awesome coffee WHEN we are open. #tiff2019 #lovethisguy #tomhanks #Toronto #buylocal #smallbuisnesslife
Day 8: @tomhanks thanks so much for coming by last night. While Joelle was really sad not to meet you in person your phone call to was soo much fun. Good thing we have a #cardboardcutout to take a fake selfie with Joelle. Hey if you are telling any of your friends about Grinder we are open only till 6 (check Google for hours. Lol). #tifftime #wedidit#tomhanksfandom #happy #love #Toronto @idriselba come on buddy... . How are we going to get on @theellenshow with only 2 out of 3 stats