Vince Vaughn picks up Lightning staff's dinner tab
Actor Vince Vaughn (right) and his wife Kyla Weber attend a Blackhawks playoff game in 2010. Vaughn picked up the dinner tab of Lightning coach Jon Cooper and the team staff on Tuesday. (Jeff Haynes/Reuters/Files)
First Charles Barkley, now Vince Vaughn.
Seems there are no shortage of celebrities here in the Windy City willing to buy dinner for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
On Sunday, The Round Mound of Rebound Charles Barkley picked up a check for Lightning coach Jon Cooper and a group of 19 team staffers at Chicago Cut Steakhouse -- a noted celebrity hangout in the bustling downtown area.
According to the Tribune, Cooper, his assistant coaches and a number of other front office executives returned to the restaurant on Tuesday and had the same thing happen. Only this time, the man playing their bill was Vaughn, the well-known actor who hails from Chicago.
The restaurant's managing partner, David Flom told the newspaper that Vaughn stopped by Cooper's table, embraced the Lightning coach, then gabbed with him for about 10 minutes before heading to his own table.
"Cooper called me over to his table and said, 'Hey, I want to pick up Vince Vaughn's check,'" Flom said. "He was doing it to be kind because of the Barkley thing.
"I tell the server and then walk by Vince's table. Sure enough, Vince looks at me and says, 'I know that guy just called you over to pick up my check. That's not how we roll in Chicago.' He goes, 'This is Chicago, my town. This is how we treat people. I got his check.' How can you argue with Vince Vaughn? I said, 'OK, no problem.' I go walk away and he stands up and says, 'I got his check. This is Chicago.'"
Cooper described the encounters with Barkley and Vaughn as "random."
"We've gone out as a staff in every single series," he said. "Maybe there's a little more notoriety because we're in the finals."