Justin Timberlake's Birthday Treat for Jessica Biel

The two share a special meal in Louisiana – and nearly bump into another Britney ex!

Image
Photo: Steve Granitz;Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

What do you get the girl who has everything? How about a lunch date with Justin Timberlake.

That’s exactly what Jessica Biel enjoyed as she celebrated her 26th birthday Monday in Hammond, Louisiana, where her “SexyBack” boyfriend is filming a movie.

“[Justin] brought her here for a special birthday meal,” Brandee Peek, a waitress at Tope La restaurant, tells PEOPLE. “It was just the two of them.”

Peek added that Biel seemed a bit subdued on her big day. “Maybe she was upset because she was getting older,” Peek theorized. “I don’t know. But if I was with him, nothing would make me upset!”

Timberlake is in Hammond – just 20 miles south of Kentwood, the childhood home of his ex, Britney Spears – to shoot The Open Road.

The 27-year-old singer and Biel – who have been dating for about a year – headed back to Tope La again on Wednesday night for a quiet, celebrities-only dinner with costars Kate Mara and Mary Steenburgen, who brought along husband Ted Danson. (The restaurant had closed for the evening, but opened up for the stars sometime after 10 p.m.)

“They were all really, really nice,” sous chef Nat Hauck told PEOPLE. He added that Timberlake has been a regular at Tope La since arriving in the south Louisiana town about three weeks ago – and he’s been a big hit with locals.

“He’s got this really cool walk, really suave,” said Hauck. “I guess it’s the ‘Justin Walk.’ ”

After Wednesday’s dinner (red trout with crawfish for him, chicken and spinach salad for her), the couple strolled down the street to check out some local live music at the Cate Street Pub.

Coincidentally, locals say, Spears’s momentary first husband, Jason Alexander, was partying two doors down at another bar at around the same time. But – awkwardness avoided – it seems like Britney’s two ex-flames never ran into each other.

Related Articles