Visiting Holsten’s (Location of the Final Soprano’s Scene for Made In America)
In November of 2008, I decided to finally take a trip to visit Holsten’s in Bloomfield, NJ – the restaurant where the final scene of The Sopranos was filmed. Over a year had passed since episode 86, ‘Made in America’ had aired, however I felt excited as ever to be in this building. Not only was it the first actual Sopranos location that I was aware of visiting, but it was the exact spot where Tony Soprano was last seen. My girlfriend Jackie, my sister Kate & her husband John came along for the trip.
If you compare the scenes from the final episode to the photos of Holsten’s below, you can see that the set decorators and production staff did change made quite a few changes. There was no huge cat on the back wall, no mini jukeboxes at each booth and the place overall had a different vibe to it. I should also add that it felt so small to be inside this place after seeing it on the big screen.
I know what you’re thinking and yes, of course we ordered the onion rings. Jackie picked up an awesome Sopranos / Holsten’s t shirt for me that night (also pictured below). The visit flew by and before I knew it, we were on our way back down to South Jersey. I was dying to hear Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” the whole time we were there. Don’t stop!
For those of you who want to discuss what happened in this restaurant during the final seconds of the last episode, let’s save that discussion for another day.