Our Celebrity Friends

When you have been around for over 75 years, many famous people are bound to come through your door. We have enjoyed the frequent company of these well-known guests and friends.

  • Frank Sinatra - Visited in the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s, shipped ribs and cole slaw to him on the road, and provided 50 orders of ribs for him and his orchestra for a 1982 ChicagoFest appearance.
  • Conan O'Brien, talk show host
  • Filming of MGM picture “Return to Me”: Cast at Twin Anchors® included Bonnie Hunt, David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O’Connor, Robert Loggia, Jim Belushi and David Alan Grier. Summer of 1999.
  • Steve Levitan, Hollywood creator and  producer "Modern Family",  “Just Shoot Me”
  • Cosmetic Maven, Marilyn Miglin.  We are mentioned in her book as one of her favorites.
  • Bill Zehme, writer
  • Rick Kogan, WGN 720 AM Radio Host, Chicago Tribune Columnist
  • Mike Thomas, Chicago Sun-Times Feature Writer
  • David Mamet, playwright
  • Denis Savard, NHL and Blackhawk Hall of Famer
  • Ryne Sandberg, former Cubs player and Hall of Famer
  • Roseanne Barr, Comedian, Actress
  • Joel Murray, (Bill's brother) star of Mad Men and others
  • Josh Groban, Singer
  • Bobby Rahal, race car driver, Indy 500 winner
  • NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson
  • Augustana, rock band with Sony Records
  • William Petersen, of TV’s CSI, and a  regular customer when he lived in the neighborhood while performing extensively in local Chicago Theater.
  • C.C. DeVille, lead guitarist from the band Poison
  • Joan Cusack, numerous times
  • Lin Brehmer and Teri Hemert, 93WXRT Chicago
  • Roe Conn , WLS-AM 890, Chicago
  • Garry Meier, WGN-AM 720, Chicago
  • Dean Richards, WGN-AM 720, Chicago
  • Eric and Kathy, WTMX-FM, The Mix 101.9, Chicago
  • Jack Black & Tenacious D – Requested that a 2001 Chicago Tribune interview be conducted over dinner at Twin Anchors®
  • Chris O’Donnell,actor, numerous times
  • Chris Farley, former regular customer prior to his passing
  • Comedian Martin Short
  • Jason Alexander (George from “Seinfeld”)
  • Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox manager and former star third baseman
  • Bob Brenley, Chicago Cubs announcer
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Mike Ditka
  • Harry Caray
  • John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd – Came in for dinner still wearing Blues Brothers costumes while in town filming the movie.
  • James Cotton, Blues legend
  • Rick Telander, writer for Chicago Sun-Times, Sports Illustrated, Sportswriters Show
  • Chicago Tribune Columnist Mike Royko
  • Charles Barkley, former basketball star and announcer
  • James Hetfield, lead vocalist of Metallica
  • Larry Rothschild, former Cubs pitching coach
  • Race car driver Johnny Rutherford
  • Joey Bishop, good friend of Twin Anchors® founder Bob Walters
  • Bobby Hull
  • Mark Grace , former Cubs player
  • Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra
  • William “Refrigerator” Perry
  • Nick Nolte , actor
  • Goldie Hawn , actress
  • Valerie Harper , from the old TV show Rhoda
  • Bill Daly, actor from I Dream of Jeannie and The Bob Newhart Show
  • Tom Thayer, Keith Van Horne, & Gary Fencik  of  the Chicago Bears
  • Chicago Cubs stars:  Bill Buckner and Dave Kingman
  • Hockey Coach Mike Keenan, regular customer while coach of Blackhawks
  • Kevin McHale, former Boston Celtic
  • John Olerud, baseball player
  • Dusty Baker, former Cubs Manager
  • Kerry Wood, former Cubs Pitcher
  • Merlin Olson, L.A. Rams Football Hall of Famer
  • Barry Switzer, Won championships as Dallas Cowboys coach and Oklahoma University Football coach.
  • Whitey Herzog, sports announcer and former Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Doug Bruno, DePaul University Women's Basketball Coach
  • Horatio Sanz, comedian, Saturday Night Live
  • All American Rejects, rock band
  • Emeril Lagasse, American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author
  • Deidre Hall, Star of long-running Soap "Days of our Lives"

The following celebrities have ordered Ribs for carryout when they have been working in or visiting our fine city:

  • Oprah Winfrey, talk show host
  • Janet Jackson, pop star
  • Robert DeNiro – when filming “Mad Dog and Glory”
  • John Madden – when working a Bears broadcast
  • Country Singer Tim McGraw, and road crew came in for dinner
  • Country Singer George Strait -30 ribs to All-State Arena for his post performance buffet, February 2003
  • Country Singer Toby Keith – 40 ribs to All-State Arena for his post performance buffet July 2002
  • Comedian Kathy Griffin, when working Chicago’s Park West

Eat (and Drink) Your Way Through Sinatra's Chicago

By Jennifer Billock

Sinatra’s agent first brought him to Twin Anchors to try the ribs—and Sinatra stayed. The singer became a regular, stopping in frequently as he played his way through Chicago. Mary Kay Tuzi, who co-owns the restaurant, tells Chicago Eater’s Daniel Gerzina that when Sinatra came in, the restaurant would shut down to new diners while he had dinner and drinks with his buddies. He was  known to post a bodyguard at the payphone so no diners could alert the masses to his presence. At the end of the meal, he’d tip everyone $100.

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Tuzi remembers the night he fed Sinatra

By Deborah Kadin
Twin Anchors Restaurant and Tavern at Sedgwick and Eugenie streets in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood has been noted for many things. Before it became Twin Anchors in 1932, it was a neighborhood speakeasy; the escape door still exists. 

Its lip-smacking good ribs have been a staple on the menu since the 1930s. Dozens of celebrities and sports figures have come in, eaten and autographed menus. It was O'Reilly's Italian Restaurant in the film Return to Me, directed by Bonnie Hunt (an establishment regular) and a bar scene in the Batman film The Dark Knight

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The Cooking Channel's "The Originals" with Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse uncovers the classic culinary charms of the Windy City. He helps in the kitchen with their Chicago-style ribs and most popular side dish, creamed spinach, cooked in a style Emeril has never seen before! Touring the restaurant, he sits in the booth Sinatra squeezed into with his Rat Pack cronies and learns why the bar has a sign that reads, "Positively no dancing!"

To read more about the show, click here.

Scenes from The Dark Knight

A scene in the 2008 summer hit, The Batman film "The Dark Knight",  was filmed at Twin Anchors. The scene features Aaron Eckhardt as Harvey Dent, confronting and then shooting the corrupt Detective Wuertz.

This isn't the first time that the bar at Twin Anchors has been the set for feature films. Among the movies filmed at the Twins include the 2000 hit movie, Return to Me.

"Return to Me": Filmed at Twin Anchors

When O'Reilly's Sent Anchors Away

Return to Me cast with Twin Anchors familyIn 1999, Twin Anchors® was thrilled to be a part of the major motion picture “Return to Me”, starring Bonnie Hunt, David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O’Connor, Jim Belushi and Robert Loggia. Bonnie Hunt, a long-time customer, directed and co-wrote this film; she wanted a quaint, neighborhood place that could become “O’Reilly’s Italian Restaurant” in the movie.  And so, Twin Anchors® was transformed!

Filming lasted 5 weeks. Shooting would go from Monday through Thursday, for twelve hours or more each day. After Thursday’s wrap, the crew would remove all traces of “O’Reilly’s” and amazingly, bring Twin Anchors® back to life for weekend business. On many days, one could find the cast lounging on director’s chairs on Sedgwick Street; Carroll O’Connor was known to give a few hugs to friendly fans now and then. David Duchovny and Robert Loggia relaxed by playing softball with cast members and neighborhood children at LaSalle School across the street.   Our Old Town neighbors were surprised to see a building façade constructed out onto Eugenie Street to create the illusion that O’Reilly’s was located in the middle of a city block.  Of course, what do most women want to know?  ”Where did David Duchovny sit in the scene where he first met Minnie Driver?”  The answer . . . booth 5.

Bonnie was hilarious as always and generous to a fault! Gina Manrique, one of the owners, got married at St. Michael’s in the midst of the filming. Bonnie surprised Gina and her husband, Christian, with a lovely wedding gift from Tiffany’s. The Tuzi children really enjoyed the abundant food buffets provided by the film’s caterers, too. Swedish Fish were most popular for lunch!

It was really an honor to be associated with such a fine, sweet, romantic comedy that seems to have found a unique cult following. Even now, patrons constantly ask about the movie and take pictures of the restaurant because of Return to Me! Thanks, Bonnie!