Bradley Cooper was spotted in several southern New Jersey towns with his mom and girlfriend Irina Shayk over Labor Day weekend

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated September 07, 2015 03:55 PM
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Bradley Cooper, who spent most of the summer jetting between luxurious (and enviable) Italian destinations, is ringing in the fall back stateside in (where else?) good ol’ New Jersey.

The actor was spotted out and about in several towns in southern New Jersey and along the Jersey Shore throughout the weekend.

On Thursday morning, the American Sniper star posed for a photo with employees at Bob’s Grill on the Ocean City boardwalk.

“It was so cool, he was really polite and took pictures with all the girls,” Mary Grace Carson, a waitress at the restaurant, told local newspaper the Press of Atlantic City, and added that Cooper was joined by his mom, Gloria Campano. The actor also chowed down on a Philly cheesesteak, Carson said.

Cooper was seen the night before at Richman’s Ice Cream shop in Brigantine, a short drive from Ocean City.

“He came up to the window and it was actually one of our waitresses who recognized him,” Rocquel Donofrio, an employee at Richman’s, told the Press of Atlantic City. “He was wearing sunglasses and a hat, so I didn’t recognize him at first.”

The teenager told the paper that Cooper was joined by girlfriend Irina Shayk and his mom, and took the time to take pictures with both staff and customers.

“Bradley Cooper stopped by Richman’s Ice Cream while vacationing in Brigantine tonight,” the Brigantine Chamber of Commerce tweeted, sharing a photo of Cooper with some of the shop’s employees.

The actor previously told CliqueClack.com, in a 2012 interview, that he grew up visiting the beach town.

“We used to go there when the Brigantine castle existed. It burnt down. My grandfather bought a house there in 1960, and they would go crabbing all the time, so we spent our summers in Brigantine,” he said at the time.

Cooper was also seen hitting the beach with Shayk and Campano over the weekend.

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Needless to say, the actor’s trip sent locals into a tizzy on social media.