Four guys walk into a Lancaster bar. No joke.
Shaun Hardesty has been bartending at Yorgos Restaurant for almost eight years and can ID a band fast.
These guys had that look and when he carded them, they pulled out licenses from England and Luxembourg.
“These guys look kind of familiar,” Hardesty thought.
When he heard the crew was staying in town overnight, the bartender asked why they came to Lancaster.
“We’re just passing through,” one answered.
It wasn’t long until Hardesty realized he was serving beers and wings to members of Mumford & Sons. The crew came to Lancaster County to rehearse at Rock Lititz for a big tour supporting its latest album, “Wilder Mind.” A group, including bassist Ted Dwane, tour musicians and a manager, stopped at Yorgos last Friday. They were so unassuming, not many people in the downtown restaurant recognized them as musicians who’ve sold more than 10 million albums
“It was crazy that they were there for so long and no one knew who they are,” said Tony Katsaros, vice president of the business.
The restaurant’s close to downtown hotels and the Chameleon Club and has hosted bands famous and not-so-famous, from Sevendust to Candlebox.
Last Friday, four guys sat down at the bar around 6 and later were joined by another man.
Hardesty noticed one of the men was from Stratford-upon-Avon and asked about a connection to Shakespeare, who was born there.
The group ordered drinks: two Yuengling Lagers, two pints of Tröegs Sunshine Pils and a cranberry juice.
They asked for chicken wings and snapped pictures Yorgos menu with more than 80 flavors.
“They said, ‘I love this country,’” Hardesty said.
For the record, they ordered classic, garlic parmesan, honey BBQ and an adobo variety.
Hardesty usually tells overnight visitors about things to do downtown, like visit Central Market or try Yorgos’ Saturday breakfast. However, this group said they were heading to New York City for a concert. And they were practicing at Rock Lititz.
That was the next clue this group was different.
“I figure they’re not a cover band,” Hardesty said.
Eventually, someone shared their band’s name: Mumford & Sons.
Hardesty didn’t make a big deal and treated them like any customer. A woman sitting at the bar recognized them, too, but kept her distance.
Hardesty had to ask for a photo for his wife, Katie, who was a fan.
By the time they paid, Dwane said he felt like he was home at Yorgos, the bartender said.
“This is the kind of place I like,” Hardesty remembers him saying. “I like towns like this. I like bars like this.”
Katsaros was busy checking on tables when Hardesty told him Mumford & Sons had just walked out the door.
Both were impressed with how low-key the rock stars stayed, but Katsaros said he had one regret.
“Next time, get them to sign something,” he said.