By Larry Hawley and Nate Riggs
12:22 AM EDT, March 22, 2011
The seeds of a return visit to the circle city were planted the night before on his always popular and creative Twitter account.
"Anyway i am going to bed, everyone n Indy we are going to dinner tomorrow,due to da lockout we gone shut down the waffle house on me," said the tweet by Chad Johnson Ochocinco on his @ochocinco account.
It didn't end up being the Waffle House, but rather more of a live entertainment spot to which Ochocinco decided to entertain 100 fans.
Later in the afternoon, the receiver announced on his Twitter that 100 fans would be able to eat for free and listen to music at The Jazz Kitchen.
"A lot of people come in, celebrity wise, we've had tons of celebrities thorough the years but none have ever come in and said 'Hey I want to buy 100 people dinner'," said The Jazz Kitchen Owner David Allee. "So its pretty cool."
True to his social network word, Ochocinco bought the first 100 to the door a free dinner and then sat down and listened to some jazz with the fans. He got up and walked around the meet and greet with some of the fans, a few sporting his number 85 Bengals jersey.
This is the second time Johnson Ochocinco has done this in Indianapolis, treating fans to a free dinner at St. Elmo's before a Bengals preseason game with the Colts last August.
Allee says that people began lining up at the door at around 6 P.M. in hopes of getting a chance to get the free dinner and meet the receiver.
Allee said a few people who weren't among the first 100 did leave when they found out they wouldn't get a free meal, but a number stayed anyway to hang out with the All-Pro receiver.
"That was a really nice thing to do," said Ashley Landwerlen of Indianapolis. "You have to like somebody whose from another team who really wants to sit down and have a good time and just experience it with everybody else"
While Ochocinco got his night out with the fans, The Jazz Kitchen was able to earn a new fan as well.
"I've never been here, this place is awesome," said Tyler Roberts, one of those who got the free dinner. "I didn't know he was a jazz fan either and the music was awesome."