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James Gandolfini Diner – Holsten's – Puts 'Reserved' Sign on Table

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Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 10:27 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Holsten's, the New Jersey diner made famous after it was featured in the iconic series finale of "The Sopranos" in 2007, placed a "Reserved" sign on one of its tables Wednesday in a tribute to James Gandolfini.

Gandolfini, 51, died suddenly Wednesday of a massive heart attack while vacationing in Rome.

Holsten's, in Bloomfield, N.J., served as the set for the final scene of the HBO series — the one that abruptly cut to black and had viewers everywhere thinking their cable went out. The episode ended with Gandolfini, as mob boss Tony Soprano, sitting at a table sharing onion rings with his family.

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After filming the episode, the diner set that table with a plaque that reads, "This booth reserved for the Soprano family."

After news of Gandolfini's death broke Wednesday, fans flooded Holsten's and owner Chris Carley placed another "Reserved" sign at the head of the table.

"I grew up in the area around here so I have a lot of sentimental feelings about it," "Sopranos" fan Chad Hines told WABC. "I just felt the urge to come out here and take in the moment."

Here's the epic 'Sopranos' series finale, set in Holsten's.


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