CORTLAND, N.Y. — Actor, comedian and musician Dan Aykroyd recently visited BRIX Pubaria in Cortland, one of only a handful of bars and restaurants in New York State that carries his high-end brand of Vodka.
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Aykroyd visited the restaurant Sunday, Jan. 24 with his manager. The pair were reportedly tired of waiting for a flight in Atlantic City and decided to drive back to Aykroyd’s home near the Canadian border, stopping in Cortland along the way.
BRIX co-owner Robby Petrella described Aykroyd as a “grateful, humble guy” who “wasn’t your average Hollywood tycoon.”
BRIX got on the actor’s radar when the bar began carrying Crystal Head Vodka, a high-end liquor know for its skull-shaped bottle that was founded by Aykroyd and artist John Alexander in 2007. Shannon Petrella, a bar manager at BRIX, said she attended a launch party for the Vodka brand in Syracuse.
It’s not the first time Aykroyd has visited BRIX. The actor reportedly visited the bar on a late Sunday night two years ago, though he inexplicably went unrecognized.
“They stopped in, had a couple drinks and hit the road,” Petrella said. “It was late, one bartender and a few patrons. They said they asked for the owner, and the owner obviously wasn’t there.”
The actor plans to return to BRIX, according to Petrella.
Aykroyd, 63, was an original cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live. He went on to become a successful film star, known for his roles as scientist Ray Stantz in the blockbuster hit Ghostbusters and for playing Elwood Blues in The Blues Brothers.
Aykroyd is currently working as a producer on the reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise. He reportedly makes a cameo appearance as a taxi driver in the film, which is set to premiere sometime in 2016.