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Celebrity Shows Up on Oregon Coast; News Briefs, Weather

(Oregon Coast) – One pizza place on the north Oregon coast had a brush with greatness today, as actor Sean Penn was spotted there early Thursday afternoon.

David Johnson, owner of Fultano’s Pizza in Cannon Beach, said the celebrity walked in just as he opened the shop for lunch. Penn and two other male friends got pizza slices, paying only a brief visit to Fultano’s and then walking out.

They only spent about five minutes in the shop, Johnson said. Johnson hoped to chat quickly with the star, but the diner suddenly got busy and Johnson lost his chance before they left. “I’d hoped maybe I could get him to sign one of our t-shirts,” Johnson said, laughing. “Then we could start our own little wall of fame.”

Penn seemed a little elusive in posture, Johnson said, which he guessed was his way of keeping people back. Those in the restaurant apparently recognized Penn, but only one man went to talk to him.

So far, calls to others in Cannon Beach found that no one else there has seen the actor.

Cannon Beach is a part time home to several other famous people, including the Wilson sisters from rock band Heart, sci-fi author Ursula K. LeGuinn and author Terry Brooks. “Clan of the Cave Bear” author Jean M. Auel is rumored to have a part time home there as well.

Fultano’s is at 200 N. Hemlock and Second Street, Cannon Beach. (503) 436-9717.

In other coastal news briefs:

The famed Treasure Café in sleepy north coast town Wheeler is back open after taking the winter off. Owner Michael Santo said the gourmet hotspot is open Thursday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for now.


Santo’s famous menu now includes plenty of appetizers with an Oriental theme, such as Cambodian spring rolls and various Thai specialties, as well as local seafoods. Oysters Rockefeller, various steaks, herb-encrusted halibut, sea bass and many of the “classics” are back as well.

Plus, Santo has resumed his always-fun tradition of exotic daily specialties. One such on-the-spot invention included Indian tandoori-style dishes and lamb curry, where tiny chunks of tender lamb were caramelized over and over until they became deep black delicious nuggets. 92 Rorvik St., Wheeler. 503-368-7740.

Oregon Coast Weather: For those looking to visit the coast this weekend (April 6 to April 9), the forecast calls for mostly cloudy, periods of rain and temperatures in upper 50’s and mid 60’s. There is also a chance of a thunderstorm or two.


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