Badalamenti and his family left for dinner at nearby Gino's, but came back around 10pm to a more crowded bar, whose patrons greeted his return with applause that he graciously returned. And when the crowd went straight into "Happy Birthday," he stood in the middle of the room and conducted. "Aaaaand… cut!" he instructed a few seconds into the held final note.
He was given a piece of Robicelli's cherry pie and a taste of the bakery's Twin Peaks-themed cupcakes, which he said were excellent. Then he posed for photos with customers dressed up like the Log Lady and cheerleader-phase Nadine, and shook hands, including mine (!); his party stayed for a drink before piling into a SUV/limo hybrid, leaving a bunch of beaming Bay Ridgers. "We have to make this a thing," Allison Robicelli told me later. "This can be southern Brooklyn's Phil Collins Day."
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