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Bill Murray works bar at son's restaurant

Published 17/09/2016

Bill Murray
Bill Murray

Bill Murray delighted fans by bartending at his son Homer's new restaurant and revealing he is pleased his firstborn didn't join the family business.

Bill Murray thrilled fans in Brooklyn, New York on Friday night (16Sep16) when he played bartender at his son's new restaurant, 21 Greenpoint.

The very special guest's appearance had been advertised in advance and, although the event was initially invitation-only, his son Homer Murray and restaurant staff decided they would allow the public to attend also. The Ghostbusters star, who played a small role in this year's (16) female-led reboot of the classic film, attracted scores of fans who queued around the block waiting for admission, many wearing T-shirts bearing Bill's famous face.

The star attraction arrived right on time, wearing a striped shirt and holding some essential bar tools like a jigger for measuring alcohol. He shook hands with customers pressed up against the bar and served as many drinks as he could, as restaurant patrons roared their approval. Lucky recipients of drinks poured by 65-year-old Bill, reported he was generous with the alcohol, immensely friendly, and he also danced as he dispensed, to the Rolling Stones' Miss You and Start Me Up amongst other songs.

Though an official bartender was also on hand mixing fancy cocktails, Murray's offerings were simpler - shots of tequila, vodka and whisky. The restaurant's manager noted earlier on Friday that fans were "calling from five hours away saying they want to see him. We're not turning people away."

21 Greenpoint was formerly a seafood restaurant called River Styx, now it is more upmarket with menu items including steak tartare on roasted marrow bone, and a salmon pastrami sandwich with smoked trout on rye bread.

During the evening, Murray also took time to make a sweet toast to Homer, the eldest of his six children.

“This is my firstborn son, Homer,” he shouted because customers were whooping and shrieking with excitement.

“I am so happy that he has not continued in the family business. Instead, he has taken the joy of the family to have a drink, and to have a meal, and have friends together in one place, and made it his life’s work. To my son, his friends, and his work friends and all of his partners.”

It's not the first time the Caddyshack actor has acted as a guest bartender. He also poured shots during the SXSW music and film festival in Austin, Texas with rap group Wu Tang Clan in 2010.

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