Visitors to Ristorante Lombardo on Hertel Avenue were in for a big surprise Thursday night.
Eating dinner at another table was – apologies to Paul McCartney – arguably the most famous rock star in the world.
Mick Jagger, who flew into Buffalo Niagara International Airport earlier in the day on a 737 sporting the Rolling Stones’ logo, was at the Italian restaurant with a small group in advance of the band’s concert Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
“It was a small party of maybe five people, and pretty low-key. Everybody left him alone,” Tommy Lombardo Sr. said.
There were bodyguards, too. “He’s one of the most famous people in the world, right?” he said.
Lombardo said it was also “exceptionally busy with people from out of town,” noting the irony that some were in Buffalo to see Jagger and the Stones in concert.
“For people who were here for dinner, it was a special treat,” Lombardo said. “It was nice they came to dinner, and we treated them like we treat all of our customers. We respected his privacy.
“We appreciated he chose us,” he said.