Holsten’s was busy on Wednesday night. But one booth was conspicuously empty.
In tribute to Sopranos star James Gandolfini, the owners of the Bloomfield ice cream parlor and restaurant reserved the booth where the last scene of the HBO series was shot.
The booth, where the Soprano family shared onion rings and listened to Journey, had a small sign reading "reserved." Holsten's owner Chris Carley said it will go unoccupied for the next couple of days in Gandolfini’s honor.
Shortly after 9 p.m., with television news crews and little league baseball teams packing the small Broad Street eatery, Carley remembered the day when Gandolfini was in his business filming one of the most famous scenes in television history.
"He was a very nice man and a real professional when the cameras were rolling," Carley said. "He had a real appetite, too."
After the episode aired, Carley said there was a two-month rush on Holstens, with fans flocking to Broad Street restaurant for what Tony Soprano described as "the best onion rings in the state" and answers to the show’s ambiguous ending.
"They all want to know what happened when the show cut to black," Carley said.