RIP Kenny Shopsin, Iconic Owner of Shopsin’s General Store

Posted on: September 4th, 2018 at 5:08 am by

Word began circulating over the holiday weekend that the patriarch of Shopsin’s General Store, Kenny Shopsin, just passed away. He reportedly died on Sunday.

Now located in the soon-to-be-demolished Essex Street Market, Shopsin’s General Store is actually a product of Greenwich Village. Kenny Shopsin took over the bodega at 63 Bedford Street (at Morton) in 1973, continuing as a grocer, then eventually morphing into the beloved diner format. Here it served the community until the 2002, when landlord R.A. Cohen & Associates purchased the building. Faced with losing his lease, Shopsin’s relocated down the block to the corner of Carmine, where it remained until its demise at the end of 2006. Shopsin’s reopened several months later as a slimmed-down stall in the southernmost corner of the Essex Street Market.

Shopsin dreamed up the legendary cluttered menu carries some 900 eclectic dishes, including “Slutty Cakes” and “Blisters on My Sisters.” Bizarre rules and grumpy service that’s often refreshing. For instance, there are no reservations or parties more than four.

Kenny Shopsin also released a cookbook in 2008 to acclaim, dubbed Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin.

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