ST. PETERSBURG — A celebrity sighting in a downtown coffeehouse on Tuesday was eventually debunked by the celebrity himself.
I am not now, nor have I been in St. Pete or Tampa or anywhere near for quite some time. I'm sure the coffee was very good.— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) July 1, 2014
Still, for the better part of the day, word was that rock-star chef and world traveler Anthony Bourdain had zipped into the Kahwa at 204 Second Ave. S in St. Petersburg and ordered a doubled iced coffee with a shot of espresso (a drink all about caffeinated excess — definitely sounds like Bourdain).
Times columnist Dan Ruth says he witnessed the visitation, watching Bourdain depart the coffee shop undetected and hop into a white Land Rover. When Kahwa was called for confirmation, barista Missy Baber, who said she's not much of a TV watcher, was flummoxed but called back a few minutes later.
"I Googled his picture. Yep, that was him. I noticed him because I'd never seen him in here. He got in and got out," she said.
Then CNN public relations specialist Karen Reynolds reported it was a false sighting and that Bourdain was not known to be in Florida at this time, having wrapped up Parts Unknown shooting last week with the aim of heading out for some R&R.
Bourdain appeared to clear it all up with his 4:45 p.m. tweet.
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