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From Tinseltown to Titletown: Celebrities love Green Bay’s bars and restaurants


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Celebrities usually come out in force to support the Pack. Have you seen them at a game? Or maybe you will this weekend.

“She had no idea who they were, but luckily my young servers knew who they were,” said Theresa Barlament, owner of The Pancake Place, 143 S. Military Ave., in Green Bay. “They” ended up being Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, who visited the restaurant in 2007.

Green Bay is no stranger to big names in Hollywood. When the stars come to cheer on the Packers, they eat and drink at some of the local favorites.

“From what I understand, they sat down in one of Brett Favre’s boxes and asked him where they should go for breakfast,” Barlament said.

Erica Debeck has been a waitress at The Pancake Place for 22 years. “They came the day after (the game) and we have a lot of celebrities here,” she told Local 5’s Barrett Tryon.

If you want to eat as one, then Debeck says the couple ordered the stuffed hash browns.

“These are our signature dishes,” Debeck said. “That’s what Justin Timberlake ordered.”

Kudos if you can leave The Pancake Place without a takeout box as their portions are huge. But since it’s only about a mile down the road from Lambeau Field, it’s a popular spot for celebrities and everyone else.

A few miles away, Symba’s Pub & Grub, 2334 Velp Ave., has had its own touch with Hollywood’s elite.

“I was chatting with some people and looking at my phone and I had so many missed phone calls and text messages, so I thought for sure the building had burned down,” owner Ben Symes said.

Symes would soon realize that this was a very different type of fire. The one that exploded on social media. “And here I learn it was because Charlie Sheen and his friends were here,” he said.

If you’re looking to mingle with celebrities, there are at least two places to do it. And they are ready for you.

“It’s going to be a crazy weekend and hopefully we’ll have some celebs here,” Debeck said.

So how did Sheen know where to go? He was supposed to go to another bar, but when he found out kids and families might be there, he opted for a “townie” bar. This limo driver was good friends with Symes and even went to high school with him.