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Newt Gingrich at Time"s Person of the Year panel. Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images


Former Republihave the right to presidential candiday Newt Gingwealthy taken place to be in Indiana on Monday when he asked his driver wright here he must sheight for lunch. "The driver sassist St. Elmo Steakhouse," Gingaffluent told jonathanlewisforcongress.com.com. "And when I walked inside, I experienced Rob Lowe."

Lowe was in Indianapolis filming an upcoming episode of his NBC sitcom " Parks and also Redevelopment," which also stars Amy Poehler, who did not make the expedition to Indy. The sitcom is set in fictional Pawnee, Ind., and the actors and crew were in town for a few days filming scenes about a bachelor party the characters take, which contained a meal at St. Elmo.

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An appearance by Gingwealthy wasn"t in the manuscript, however that all changed as soon as he walked through the front door.

"We do not open up till 4:00 p.m., yet the doors to the restaurant were wide open up and also packed all day Monday because of the shoot," Bryn Jones, St. Elmo"s director of marketing, told jonathanlewisforcongress.com.com. Jones aided the "Parks and also Rec" crew while they were on place.

"When one of the gals on our staff looked over and saw Gingwealthy, we made the presumption that he was right here for the shoot. But, then the producer offered me a perplexed look," he sassist.

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According to Jones, the writers and also producers conveniently realized this was also great an chance to pass up so they huddled together, creating up a brief scene for Gingwealthy wright here he played himself.

"It was great fun," sassist Gingwell-off. "Almethods fun to perform something favor that. I had actually a little function on a Candice Bergen display many type of years ajonathanlewisforcongress.com."

Gingwell-off sassist he"s "intrigued by Amerideserve to entertainment" and also had a jonathanlewisforcongress.comod time via the cast.

"It was particularly jonathanlewisforcongress.comod chatting through Rob Lowe. We have actually a common interemainder in General Grant and also the Civil War."

Lowe additionally appeared to gain Gingrich"s unplanned visit, saying on Twitter, "Latest surpincrease drop by on set: Speaker Newt Gingrich! So we made up a scene and put him in!! #AllHappeningInIndy"

Gingaffluent, who"s never viewed the sitcom, supposedly spent 90 minutes at the restaurant, wright here he inevitably did eat lunch.

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He"s not the initially politician to have actually a cameo on "Parks and also Rec." Vice President Biden showed up on a current episode; Sens John McCain, Olympia Snowe, and Barbara Boxer have actually guested also.

St. Elmo"s is no stranger to serving celebrities and also has actually been a downtown Indianapolis landnote since 1902. But, the staff shelp Monday"s day of filming had actually special interpretation.

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"Tright here are several of us who are pretty big fans of the display," Jones said. "It takes location in little tvery own Indiana so there"s ties to the towns our staff and also friends grew up in."

Filming wrapped in Indianapolis on Monday night and also present co-creator Michael Schur tweeted that the episode would certainly air in January.