Toronto coffee shop gunning for a visit from Tom Hanks during TIFF

Sep 3 2019, 11:19 am

Toronto’s soon to be buzzing with celebrity sightings, as the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival descends upon the city.

But one celebrity sighting in particular has a certain coffee shop crossing its fingers and toes… and starting a social media campaign.

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Leading up to the festival, Grinder Coffee on Gerrard has formally invited Tom Hanks to visit the shop, using the hashtag #tomneedsgrinder to get his attention.

 

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Currently on Day 4 of the “campaign,” the shop is posting daily images that feature a cut-out of Hanks in the shop, holding a Grinder coffee mug.

 

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Last year, the shop organized the same plan to inspire a visit from Ryan Gosling — it worked! Following the premiere of his film First Man, the actor paid the coffee shop a visit to the delight of staff.

“The man himself showed up. What a good sport, a well brought up Canadian boy. We truly appreciate Ryan taking the time the time to visit us during #tiff,” reads a tweet accompanying a photo of Gosling and an employee posted on Twitter.

And the year prior, the coffee shop attempted to get Idris Elba to stop in. Unfortunately, the Molly’s Game actor was a no-show, hence the Idris Elba jab in the tweet.

 

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Will Hanks stop in like Gosling did, or will his schedule be too jam-packed for a quick cup of joe?

Only time will tell.