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Next Door: Bistro Visited by Homeland Security Secretary

Janet Napolitano stopped by for lunch during her tour of the New Jersey Shore.

Between stops on her tour of New Jersey's hurricane-damaged coast, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and her entourage of FEMA officials and Secret Service agents stopped by the Bistro at Red Bank for a lunch on Friday afternoon. 

Napolitano had reportedly finished up a press conference as well as a tour of parts of Middletown and northern Monmouth County and was en route to shore points when she stopped for lunch. 

"It was a high honor to have her here," an excited Bistro Co-Owner George Lystris said Friday night. "It was one our high points, for sure."

Lyristis said members of the Secret Service came to the Bistro the day before to scope out the place before presumably giving it the OK. He and his staff were also asked not to mention the visit until later Friday, for security reasons.

About seven people joined Napolitano for lunch, Lyristis said, while Secret Service agents waited outside. Lyristis said he believes Napolitano ordered the duck salad.

A member of President Barack Obama's cabinet and one of the world's most powerful women, Napolitano took the opportunity to ask Lystris if his business and and Red Bank had fared well following Hurricane Sandy. 

"I told her Sandy's got nothing on us," Lyristis said.

Jackie Lastly November 19, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Who cares? Should we behave like this is royalty and we are lowly peasants? She had the duck? Give me a break!
Kevin November 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Headline: JANET NAPOLITANO EATS AT LOCAL RESTAURANT She visited here to assess the devastation and the impact on people's lives, and this is what you focus on? Where are your priorities? RFH Patch, I would expect this from supermarket checkout tabloids, but from you? I doubt the people who have lost their homes and are living in shelters will be impressed. btw, my comments are not directed at Mr Lyristis and his fine restaurant.

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