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Shopsin's Closed for Good?

psmalera Dec 18, 2006 01:56 PM

I saw today in Gridskipper that Shopsin's, the West Village institution, might be closed for good. According to the story:

"Rent and stress have finally caught up to the family. "The place is too large," Melinda was heard complaining, "too stressful. It is ridiculous anyone has to wait an hour for brunch." On her last brunch shift, she didn't want to be unduly stressed, hence the hordes at the door and the regulars inside the semi-empty restaurant."

It also says they may open a stand in the Essex market, but that it probably won't approach the scale or scope of their current legendary menu.

The full story's here:


Thoughts? I personally never got to eat there, and while some people swear by Kenny Shopsin's food, others never understood (even after having a meal there) what all the hype was about.

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  1. erin07nyc RE: psmalera Dec 18, 2006 02:00 PM

    strange... I ate there once last year. I thought it was a little more interesting than diner food with an overwhelming menu. I certainly would not wait outside to get in.

    1. Midtown Jimmi RE: psmalera Dec 18, 2006 02:05 PM

      I actually was part of a group that ate there yesterday (and people behind us were turned away). Lovely meal. I really liked the Shopsins and their place. This story still might be a hoax. The last time they were "closing" it was because Kenny or Melinda mischieviously confirmed a bullshit question some reporter asked him.

      We had no indication it was a last anything, though they were preparing for a party that night. And Patti Smith was there. And I left with a very full and happy belly, as usual.


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        piccola RE: psmalera Dec 19, 2006 12:55 AM

        I've never tried Shopsin's (my brunch group has too many people), but I wonder if it might not be less "stressful" if they consolidated the menu a little...

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          csw RE: piccola Dec 19, 2006 02:19 AM

          Plus longer store hours and not locking the doors on paying customers might help their rent tremendously.

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          G4Gluttony RE: psmalera Dec 19, 2006 01:45 PM

          I would be very sad to see Shopsins close. There are many who criticize Kenny and family for their antics and eccentricities, but I have personally never felt as at home in a restaurant as I have in theirs. I'm just so glad that I was there recently to have one final order of "Blisters on my Sister."

          Whatever Kenny does, even if it's a sandwich counter in the Essex St. Market, (I personally think he should create a soup empire by the way), I will follow him there for his prolific and mad scientist-like culinary chops.

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            bocce RE: psmalera Dec 19, 2006 01:57 PM

            I just moved in right around the corner, and was trying to become a regular as I love going in ordering sweet chipotle pancakes and playing connect 4.

            My roommates and I would be quite upset if they really were closing. I didn't even get a chance to try the french fries and cheese pancakes!

            1. Nosher RE: psmalera Dec 19, 2006 05:04 PM

              It's no hoax-- we got an email from Kenny today and posted most of it. Looks like it really is the LES for the Shopsin clan.


              NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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                bocce RE: psmalera Dec 20, 2006 12:39 PM

                I went ahead and cried myself to sleep last night over this one. I'm trying to get my hands on the documentary, but it’s not available on DVD yet. I heard it was great!

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                  kathryn RE: bocce Dec 20, 2006 03:09 PM

                  I saw it a few months ago -- it was made on the cheap by a single guy. If you can forgive some of the technical stuff (mics in frame, shaky camera hands, the occasional video quality issues) I think you'll like it a lot.

                  Most of it was filmed in the old space while Eve was still alive and you get an amazing sense of history and Kenny's personality and philosophy on life.

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                  haleyjen RE: psmalera Dec 20, 2006 01:50 PM

                  When are they closing?

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                    pronek RE: psmalera Dec 20, 2006 01:53 PM

                    There's an article in today's Times:

                    1. The Jeff Next Door RE: psmalera Dec 29, 2006 12:30 PM

                      *sigh* When we arrived on that Saturday, the door was locked, but one of them came around to let us in for breakfast. When we asked Melinda what was with the locked door, she told us the sad news. Shopsin's has been my favorite restaurant, bar none, and I will sadly miss the wonderful food and family.

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                        piccola RE: psmalera Dec 29, 2006 11:17 PM

                        so are they officially closed now? or did they just announce their future closure? (if it's the latter, what's the date??)

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                          kathryn RE: piccola Dec 30, 2006 02:04 AM

                          It closed on the 17th of December.

                          From the Times article:

                          "But the closing of the cafe, Shopsin's, at 54 Carmine Street, rumored for months, came to pass on Sunday. And early next year he will move to the Lower East Side with what he says is about a tenth of the toys, games and trinkets that cluttered the restaurant."

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                          zoeterry RE: psmalera Dec 30, 2006 06:28 AM

                          I actually watched the waitstaff (which I believe is Kenny's children) loading up their van with all the games and crazy crap that used to live in the store. This was last week, so by now I assume it's all gone...

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