BILLY JOEL'S young girlfriend found the perfect way to spend time with the veteran rocker - she's landed herself a job as hostess at his favourite restaurant.

Culinary student Kate Lee, 25, who began dating the 53-year-old crooner earlier this year (03), has started working at Joel's favourite haunt, JEFF + EDDIE'S in Sag Harbour, Long Island, New York.

A fellow regular tells New York tabloid the NEW YORK POST, "Joel came in Saturday night (21JUN03) with her and Jimmy Buffett. She obviously wasn't working that night, but how weird is that? He'll come in and she'll have to seat him."

24/06/2003 17:26