The Sopranos Finale’s Diner Booth Goes to Auction


One order of onion rings, please. The restaurant booth where fictional mob boss Tony Soprano and his family sat in the final scene of HBO’s The Sopranos—arguably the most famous series finale of all time—is being auctioned off. As reported by Vulture, Holsten’s, the 1939-founded New Jersey ice cream parlor, has put the piece of television history on eBay. As of writing, the booth has received 234 bids and currently sits at $82,200 in an auction set to end shortly after 10 p.m. ET on Monday, March 4.

The eatery, located in the Garden State’s Bloomfield suburb, explained in a Facebook post that they are renovating their booths because they have become unsafe to sit in after over 60 years of wear and tear. “Obviously, we do not want to do this, however it has come to a point where they are structurally not safe anymore,” the post reads.

A 2013 shot of Holsten’s, where the final scene in The Sopranos’s series finale was filmed.

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Along with the vintage yellow formica-topped table, both red vinyl bench seats and a wood dividing wall with a plaque that reads “This booth reserved for the Soprano family” are included in the sale. The listing specifically notes that no tabletop jukebox will be included, so the winning bidder will have to come up with their own means of playing “Don’t Stop Believin’” while they perch there—hopefully in the coolest basement bar of all time.

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The Sopranos, which premiered in 1999, was praised for the realism that it achieved by filming on location in New Jersey. Almost 12 million viewers tuned into the final episode when it aired on June 10, 2007, according to History.com.

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The series finale’s divisive cut-to-black ending continues to be discussed and dissected almost two decades later. Unsurprisingly, Holsten’s remains a site of pilgrimage for fans of the HBO series—booth or no booth.



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