Staten Island business owners have noticed a resurgence of interest thanks to Kim Kardashian’s modest visits with her boyfriend Pete Davidson.
While they may have hoped to stay in the background with their unglamorous picnics, their pizzeria and movie date nights have sparked an influx of celebrity tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of them, sit where they’ve been sitting, and eat what they’ve been eating since. when they last went public. year.
Queues formed at Campania, the Italian restaurant where the couple shared a pizza, salad and jug of sangria in October, and the local cinema they visited in December was booked in her honor.
Waiters at Campania told The New York Times that diners now regularly ask about the star during dinner.
“I said, ‘Kim is not here today, but check back tomorrow.’ It took me a few times to realize they weren’t talking about my friend Kim, who works here with me.
Kim Kardashian and Pete Davison pose with the manager of Angelino’s Staten Island restaurant in December following a visit.
The owner of Angelino’s (above) says he has never seen such interest in a restaurant.
“They were talking about Kim Kardashian,” waitress Nicole Bressy said.
The couple visited Campania last October, entering through the back door. Kim was staying at the Ritz Carlton in Manhattan — just a week after her SNL performance, the couple met.
“So many people are asking us about Kim that now we are making up stories. I wasn’t even here when Kim was here, but now I’m like, “Oh yeah, we had coffee. It was great,” added Bressy.
Campaign Manager Humberto Guzmán said that business took off after the news of their visit.
‘It was crazy. The phone rang by leaps and bounds and we had long lines every day.
“People wanted to sit on the roof all winter because she was sitting there, but I had to explain to them that the roof was closed because it was cold,” he said.
However, he is not entirely happy with the influx of attention.
“I don’t want queues anymore because it annoys my customers.
“We have been busy since we opened last April because our food and service is amazing. We don’t even need it,” he said.
In December, Pete and Kim visited the Atrium Stadium Cinemas with Scott Disick.
The small boutique cinema has since been flooded with people hoping to get movie tickets.
Recently, a fan rented the entire theater and paid for popcorn for all his guests because he wanted to throw a party where Kim and Pete watched House of Gucci in December.
Ever since Kim and Pete visited in December, the Atrium Stadium Cinemas has been booked with people wanting to visit the theater to watch House of Gucci with Scott Disick.
Star power: Kim, 41, and Pete, 28, went public last year after meeting on the set of Saturday Night Live.
“Someone called a few weeks ago, someone from out of town, and said they wanted to come to the theater that Kim visited.
“He rented out the entire venue to his friends and paid for popcorn and food for everyone.
“You can’t be bigger than Kim Kardashian. The president could be here and he wouldn’t be anymore,” owner Jesse Scarola said.
When Kim, Pete and Scott visited the theater in December, they were spotted on their way to the theater.
When the film ended, a crowd of people gathered in the street.
That same night, the couple visited another Angelino’s restaurant. They took a selfie with the owner of the restaurant, who soon posted the photo on Instagram.
The photo has received over 7,000 likes, far more than any other photo in the restaurant’s feed.
Pete and Kim ate pizza, salad and sangria in Campania last October. Now, the owner says the phone rings like a handset and there are queues outside the door.
Campania’s owner says Pete and Kim dined on the roof while it was open, causing people to demand to eat there all winter even when it was closed.
“We have never had such an exposure. People started coming in from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, South Jersey, everywhere.”
Local politicians say the sudden interest is helping to revive the local economy after several difficult years of COVID.
But some residents are wary of all the attention.
One woman said she hoped Kim didn’t spoil the area’s best kept secrets, like her favorite beach.
“If Kim went there, I would like to take a picture with her, but then I would not want the crowd that followed her. I want my beach to go unnoticed. It’s beautiful, quiet and not dirty,” teacher Ruby Hernandez told the Times.
Kim and Pete went public last year, shortly after her guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.
He has since retired from the comedy show that made him famous.
It is not clear what he plans to do now.
Kim lives predominantly in Los Angeles, where she stars on Hulu’s Kardashian with her famous family and shares custody of her four children with rapper Kanye West.