Two things that aren’t very surprising: 1. Business at Holsten’s, the New Jersey restaurant featured in the final scene of the final episode of The Sopranos, has shot up since the episode aired. 2. Publications, suffering a sad dearth of Sopranos news since the series ended, have filled the vacuum with stories on things like the rise in business at Holsten’s, the New Jersey restaurant featured in the final scene of the final episode of The Sopranos.
The Newark Star-Ledger reports on the odyssey of Felix Montesino, who flew to New Jersey from Orlando, Florida, to re-enact Tony’s final scene (minus the blackout, of course). “I can’t stand onion rings, but that’s why I’m here,” he says.
Montesino is just one in a line of superfans making their way to Holsten’s. Demand for onion rings is off the charts (despite the fact that they are bagged and frozen. Oh well, Tony’s foodie credentials were always a little shaky when you got him away from Italian food) and “nearly every single laminated menu [has] disappeared.” Maybe the restaurant can buy them back on eBay.
Meanwhile, parodies of the scene are flying fast and furious on YouTube and elsewhere, including one that seems surprisingly presidential.