The Laguna Beach branch of the popular high-end sushi chain Katsuya celebrated its one-year anniversary on Monday night, with master chef Katsuya Uechi in the house dishing out his signature yellowtail sashimi and seared tuna meals.
Not on the menu: grilled pigskin—but New York Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow showed up anyway.
Sanchez, who graduated from nearby Mission Viejo High School before going on to USC and NFL glory, is an investor in the restaurant. He's also holding a pre-season passing camp at the MVHS football field right now, .
Sanchez, the Jets' starting QB, is mentoring Tebow, his backup and the much-yakked-about sensation of last year's NFL season when he was with the Denver Broncos. Tebow got cut loose after the Broncos signed a guy named Manning—some rookie washout, probably—but not before Tebow inspired seemingly rational people to fall to their knees in homage to his penchant for snatching fourth-quarter come-from-behind victories from the jaws of certain defeat.
Also at Katsuya: fellow Jets Santonio Holmes, as well as Scotty McKnight, who brought along celeb squeeze Hayden Panettiere, who last year was rumored to be dating Sanchez, which on the surface seems like all kinds of awkward, but everyone is apparently cool with it, so ... no judgment!
At one point during the party, Sanchez stood up and toasted the restaurant and Uechi with a shot of sake. Sake today, QB sacks tomorrow ...