Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead serves lots of bold-name diners.
New England Patriots placekicker Stephen Gostkowski and punter Ryan Allen were there Wednesday night, when other guests included Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and Cubs pitcher Jon Lester.
None of them created the stir as did our own Ric “Nature Boy” Flair, former pro wrestler turned Clayton County sheriff’s deputy. Both of those titles are legit, by the way - Clayton Sheriff Victor Hill loves deputizing celebrities; NBA great Shaquille O’Neal is also a member of the force - although we suspect Flair has made about as many arrests as he delivered authentically painful body blows during his WWE days.
Anyway, the guy turns heads like nobody’s business.
“I’ve seen hundreds of A-list celebrities walk through the bar here,” Chop’s Manager Kevin Brown told us. “Nobody has been stopped as many times as Ric got stopped.”
If you weren’t there, don’t despair. Flair hosts a celebrity tailgate party from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hard Rock Cafe, 215 Peachtree St. downtown. Tickets are $495 and include a gourmet buffet, open bar and autograph and photo sessions with Flair and several former NFL players.
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