Celebrity Sightings: Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron Part of Impromptu Cast Party at Atwater's in Geneva

It's a star-studded five-star dinner arranged by movie director Ramin Bahrani at the conclusion of shooting in DeKalb.

Move over, St. Charles and Batavia, Geneva has its share of celebrity visitors, too!

Sure, the Batavia library got a visit from back in August. And St. Charles gets its share of celebrity from the movie and the frequent to the Arcada or Pheasant Run, including Hollywood hunk  and .

But Geneva might have hit the mother lode Tuesday night.

Extremely reliable Patch sources report that a bevy of Hollywood stars were at Geneva's four-diamond  restaurant celebrating the completion of shooting in the DeKalb and Sycamore area of a movie that has yet to be titled—or at least as far as we could find in a quick Internet search.

Dennis Quaid, Heather Graham, Zac Efron, Kim Dickson and others from the movie shoot in DeKalb celebrated at Atwater's in . 

"The group of 15 thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had a hard time leaving," said Herrington Inn Manager Paul Ruby.

As Quaid was leaving, he actually exclaimed, "I will be back!"

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Ruby confirmed the reservations were made by the film's award-winning director, Ramin Bahrani, who Roger Ebert calls "the director of the decade."

Ruby said Bahrani might have heard of because a former Atwater's employee was working on the set.

"They needed a place to have a celebration, and they selected us," Ruby said. "And that’s pretty cool."

The dinner was originally thought to be a wrap party to celebrate the end of shooting in this area, but a reader says filming still is going Thursday.

The party arrived about 8:30 p.m. and enjoyed dinner for about four hours. Ruby said a group of five women from Springfield were in town staying at Pheasant Run, and they came by to say thanks for the great meal.

"Sitting next to all the movie stars was icing on the cake," Ruby said. "They couldn't believe it."

Atwater's is no stranger to celebrities, of course. On the wall of the restaurant are pictures of everyone from heads of state (Mikhail Gorbachev) to television and recording stars (The Smothers Brothers) to movie stars.

Kevin Bacon (Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon apparently is true here) and Rickles are recent celebrity diners. Others who have eaten at Atwater's are Barbara Bush, Bill Cosby, Wayne Brady, Stevie Nicks, Barbara Eden, Bob Dylan, Tom Hanks, Jude Law, Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, Bobby Hull, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Steve Winwood, Rich Little, Jerry Lewis, Davy Jones, Emeril Lagasse, Dr. Ruth, Martin Short, Michael York, Vicki Lawrence, William Perry (The Fridge), Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormet, Roseanne Barr, Paul Kagame (president of Rwanda), Sinbad, Gen. Colin Powell, Tim Conway, Brad Garrett, Bob Sagat and Carrie Fisher.


PATCH READERS: If you find out the title of the movie that was being shot in DeKalb, let us know in the comments field!

Mishell Velez October 12, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Hey Check out an awesome interview with the original "Ren McCormack" Kevin Bacon at: http://culturecatch.com/vidcast/kevin-bacon
Jennifer October 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Just FYI, shooting of this movie is not yet complete. A person working on the film said the cast just regularly likes to hang out. In fact they are filming more of the movie in my mother in laws front lawn today in DeKalb.
Rick Nagel October 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Thanks, Jennifer! I'll make an adjustment to the story. If your mother-in-law gets any pictures, send them along to rickn@patch.com, would you?
Denise O'Donnell Adams April 07, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Hello, I am from dekalb and just purchased a home there last summer, the highlight of my time in dekalb was watching the "farm movie". Being filmed on my street, I even had one of the producers come to my home to borrow a picture frame that will be in the movie. It was fun seeing all the stars, all us DeKalbites are looking forward to sitting down and watching.........


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