As a tribute to the man who put it on the map, the New Jersey diner where the last scene of "The Sopranos" was shot has set aside a booth for the late James Gandolfini.

The "Reserved" sign at Holsten's, an ice cream shop and diner where "The Sopranos"'s six-season run came to an abrupt end -- to the tune of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" -- in 2007, was one of many tributes that popped up throughout the Garden State following news of Gandolfini's passing on Wednesday of an apparent heart attack.

Yahoo reports that several iconic sites featured in "The Sopranos" became makeshift memorials to the actor as locals came together to remember the man who brought attention to their north Jersey neighborhoods and the Italian-American community at large -- for better or for worse, depending on who was asked.


Employees at Satin Dolls, a Lodi strip club that stood in for "Sopranos" club Bada Bing, propped up a framed photo of Gandolfini in "the boss's seat." A house in North Caldwell used as the Soprano home received multiple visitors, with one even leaving a bag of uncooked ziti.

The strong fan reaction to Gandolfini's death has also brought back talk of a potential "Sopranos" feature film from creator David Chase, an unlikely project fans had continued to hold out hope for -- but that now stands even less of a chance of being made.

Despite that sad reality, fans said Thursday that they were glad Gandolfini was the one representing their home state for so many years.

"He was as Jersey as it gets, through and through," said Elizabeth resident Vito Mazza.

[via Yahoo]

James Gandolfini (1961-2013) as Tony Soprano

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