Lana Del Rey, the renowned 38-year-old singer-songwriter, is capturing hearts and beating summertime sadness in a unique way this year – by working at a Waffle House in Alabama and serving it up Lana style.
On a Thursday morning (July 20), Lana surprised customers at a Waffle House location in Florence, Ala., as she donned the full employee uniform complete with a “Lana” name tag and started pouring coffee and engaging in friendly chats with patrons. In between her work shifts, she even took the time to snap a few photos with delighted fans, holding her signature blue vape pen.
While neither Lana nor those present at the scene have offered any official explanation for her temporary gig, it's well-known that the “Doin’ Time” singer often draws inspiration from Americana aesthetics and traditions in her music. She even referenced the city of Florence in her track “Paris, Texas,” showcasing her appreciation for the region.
Some of the fans who had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Lana at the restaurant shared their experiences with local news site AL.com. Karina Cisneros Juarez expressed, “She was there, wearing a uniform and everything. It was a bit surreal. I just told her how much I loved her music and her work in general. She was super lovely, and incredibly nice.”
Another fan, Macy Ladner, also had a memorable encounter and said, “It was great! She was so down to earth and real with us. Talked with me and my friend about our jobs as teachers, about how she’s working on a new recording.”
While the reason behind Lana's temporary employment remains a mystery, her fans on the internet find the situation hilariously charming. Many took to Twitter to share their amusement, with one person commenting, “This is just so unbelievably Lana coded, she is so unserious,” while another playfully joked, “Unfortunately, Lana Del Rey was fired today at Waffle House for vaping in the walk-in refrigerator :(“
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time the Grammy nominee has been spotted in Alabama recently. Over the past few days, pictures and videos have emerged online showing Lana going about her activities in the southern state, such as getting her nails done in a Birmingham salon and signing autographs outside of an America’s Thrift Store in Florence.
As Lana Del Rey continues to embrace her adventurous spirit and bring a touch of her persona to unexpected places, fans eagerly await her next moves, both in her music and her summertime escapades.
See snaps of Lana working at Waffle House below: