Celine Dion surprised customers at Montreal's historic Schwartz's Deli on Tuesday (Aug. 23) when she dropped in to say hello. The Canadian singer signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans during a short break from her Live tour in Quebec. Celine is currently performing at Quebec City's Videotron Centre after selling out 10 shows in Montreal.
Dressed down in jeans and a fuchsia blouse, the 48-year-old treated customers to a free lunch and in honour of her late husband René Angélil, donated meals to several charities. The couple were huge fans of Schwartz's, so much so they became part owners of the business in 2012. "It's the most unique restaurant in the world and we're thrilled to be a part of it," said René at the time.
Shortly after his passing in January, the restaurant's general manger Frank Silva told CTV News that when René visited Schwartz's, "he would always pop into the kitchen to speak to the dishwashers, the busboys and the servers."
With René never far from her thoughts, the singer has been having a wonderful time performing for crowds in her native province. Following her first show at the Bell Centre, the mother of three told reporters that she was shocked by the level of excitement and enthusiasm from the crowd. “I was kind of hoping people would react – not to sound conceited – would welcome me with support. I’m proud when I come that the people here, they do support me. [But] I didn’t expect what happened tonight. It was just over the top."