BERNARDS — A Somerset County restaurant owner has shared his encounter with icon Paul McCartney and the rockstar’s wife, a New Jersey native.

Chris Chutnik, owner of Blue Café, said "Sir Paul" and Nancy Shevell stopped in on Friday. The cafe has been open in Basking Ridge for four years.

“I grew up on his music. It was an amazing experience to shake his hand and talk to the legend. Super nice man,” Chutnik shared on Facebook, along with a couple of photos and security camera footage from the memorable encounter.

Chutnik said to New Jersey 101.5 that the visit was a “complete surprise.”

Blue Cafe in Basking Ridge (Google Maps)
Blue Cafe in Basking Ridge (Google Maps)

This is not the first time that McCartney has been spotted dining with his wife in her home state.

In 2017, the couple was seen having dinner at Asbury Park landmark spot, Jimmy's Italian Restaurant.

Shevell grew up in Edison, where she attended J.P. Stevens High School, as previously reported by NJ Monthly.

Her family owns New England Motor Freight, where she has worked her way up to Vice President.

She also spent ten years as a board member for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, stepping down from that position in 2012.

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