Oscar winner plugs GJ restaurant in podcast

It’s not every day that an Oscar-winning actor stops in town for a bite, much less crow that it was one of the best meals of his life.

But that’s exactly what one of the newest Academy Award winners, Jared Leto, described in a recent podcast interview after a visit a few weeks ago to highly rated Grand Junction restaurant Bin 707 Foodbar.

Leto — who just weeks ago won a Best Supporting Actor award for his gender-bending role in the film “Dallas Buyers Club” — told the Nerdist podcast how mechanical problems with a plane carrying him and a film crew forced an emergency landing at Grand Junction Regional Airport some weeks ago. After a quick restaurant lookup on Internet review site Yelp, the group stopped in to Bin 707 Foodbar, 225 N. Fifth St., for a meal while they waited for their plane to be repaired.

“My plane almost crashed … But the good thing about it is, we made an emergency landing in the middle of Colorado, and we ended up at a restaurant called (Bin 707),” Leto told Nerdist host Chris Hardwick.

“It was one of the best restaurants. I don’t know if it was because we had just survived a near-death experience, but it was the most amazing food ever,” Leto recalled.

Josh Niernberg, chef and owner of Bin 707, wasn’t exactly sure of the date Leto and his crew came in for dinner, but he said he thought it was Feb. 23 — exactly a week before Leto was awarded his Oscar.

Niernberg called Leto “really nice,” and “approachable,” and said the actor autographed some doodles he made on a paper table covering.

Brief as Leto’s comments were about the restaurant, they were still flattering, Niernberg said.

“I take it as a great compliment. It’s somebody who can eat anywhere they want, and to be able to impress him in the middle of western Colorado I think is great,” Niernberg said.

You can listen to Leto’s entire interview at http://www.nerdist.com/podcast/nerdist/.


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