- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) - Customers and employees of a barbecue restaurant in Alabama did a double take when they noticed a famous face among them.

Country music star Lyle Lovett made a pit stop at Saw’s BBQ in Homewood and posted the picture of his visit on social media, the Al.com (https://bit.ly/1PLzPXr) reported. The Grammy-winning singer is strolling through Alabama’s major cities for his and Vince Gill’s “Songs and Stories Tour,” which kicked off Tuesday night in Montgomery.

Nick Bennati was working in the back when he heard there was a celebrity present. When he checked on it, he said everyone was leaning over to glance.

Bennati couldn’t recall any other celebrities who have unexpectedly dropped by Saw’s.

“He’s on a short list of them,” he said.

Bennati said everyone seemed to know who he was but were too timid to approach. Two customers, Brian and Brad Simmons, did ask to meet the star. That photo ended up on Lovett’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

“I enjoyed meeting Brian and Brad and getting to visit with them. They said they were in the food business and were driving to Houston to attend the True Value Spring Reunion,” Lovett wrote.

Lovett’s visit was a welcomed one for Saw’s BBQ. The restaurant won top rookie honor in the Alabama Tourism Department’s Alabama Barbecue Battle last year.

In his post, Lovett wrote that had collard greens and cornbread with my coleslaw and sampler plate.” He also posted a photo of Saw’s employees Kendall Banks and Annette Nealey, who were behind the counter when he placed his order.

As for his thoughts on Saw’s BBQ, Lovett wrote, “The barbecue at SAW’s was excellent Southern-style barbecue, chicken with white sauce and pork—no beef. Sides were also Southern-style. I had collard greens and cornbread with my coleslaw and sampler plate. The service was fast and friendly.”

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