The persistent invites to Gosling began last month, when he was announced as Grinder's chosen celebrity to stalk at TIFF.
Man we have been so busy with pop ups, gourmet popsicles etc... we forgot to announce the lucky winner of stalking #needsgrinder campaign. Big congrats to #ryangosling you we be on the receiving end our adoring posts of why during #tiff2018 you need to have coffee with us. While @idriselba lost out last year by ghosting us, we just know you will be all about Grinder, our staff and our love of all things #toronto #coffee. We can't wait to take you to Gerrard Square. Campaign starts in September.@blogto @tiff_net @cbctoronto
The decision came following last year's unsuccessful attempts to get Idris Elba to make a visit to the coffee shop.
Throughout the 2018 TIFF campaign, Grinder shared multiple photos of a cardboard cutout of the actor enjoying a cup of their coffee. Even Toronto Mayor John Tory got in on the plea.
Look who just arrived. Thanks @signbrosto for your help with this hilarious sign. Our #ryanneedsgrinder campaign starts Monday September 3rd. Be prepared #ryangosling for our daily why you should visit us at #tiff time posts. As for you @idriselba we stepped up our game this year Ryan gets a cutout not just a head shot. #tiff2018 @blogto @cbctoronto #yyz #leslieville
Finally, after providing helpful directions to Gosling from TIFF headquarters, he finally made his way into the Gerrard Street café yesterday. In addition to some major fangirling, the employees also managed to rub it in Elba's face, declaring Gosling a "gracious, well brought-up Canadian boy," and simply telling Elba to "Take that!"
And this happened... It worked!! Our #ryanneedsgrinder actually worked. The man himself #ryangosling showed up here and had a coffee with us. What a good sport (you can only imagine what Joelle actually said). Thanks for everyones support . A big thanks at Ryan for taking the time out of #tiff to visit #leslieville. What a gracious well brought up Canadian boy. Take that @idriselba your loss!!
Gosling is currently in town for TIFF, where he's promoting the new film First Man. It was directed by Gosling's La La Land collaborator Damien Chazelle.