‘He freakin’ came!’: Tom Hanks stops by Toronto coffee shop after social media campaign

‘He freakin’ came!’: Tom Hanks stops by Toronto coffee shop after social media campaign

09/07/2019

For the second year in a row, a coffee shop in Toronto’s east end has attracted a big-name celebrity during TIFF.

Grinder Coffee near Jones Avenue and Gerrard Street East is not exactly near all of the TIFF excitement in the downtown core, but that hasn’t stopped stars from making the trip to visit.

Last year, the shop started a social media campaign to get Canadian movie star Ryan Gosling to stop by, complete with the hashtag #RyanNeedsGrinder.

Sure enough, he did.

“I was a little star-struck … I didn’t really expect him to come,” Joelle Murray, the owner of the shop told Global News.

This year, Murray started another campaign ahead of TIFF in an attempt to attract Tom Hanks.

For the past week, Grinder Coffee has made a series of Facebook posts and tweets including the hashtag #TomNeedsGrinder in hopes of getting Hanks’ attention.

“(We’re hoping) for him to show up and have coffee with us,” Murray told Global News Wednesday.

“Maybe a sandwich, maybe a little snack, a conversation.”

It may have seemed a little far-fetched, but once again, the campaign was a success.

“He found us funny and he freakin came!” Grinder Coffee posted on Facebook Friday night.

“We appreciate you giving some #love back to a small independent coffee shop who truly admires yah!”

Murray was not at the shop at the time, but Hanks gave her a call and they talked over the phone.

Hanks’ visit has since had a lot of reaction online, including from Toronto Mayor John Tory who said, “Great to see @tomhanks stopped by @GrinderCoffeeTO.”

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