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West Village Legend Shopsin's Shutters, Eyes LES

Months after its lease went up for grabs, Kenny Shopsin's famed West Village restaurant Shopsin's seemingly has served its last meal. Reports Gridskipper, which broke the news this morning:

It looks like this past weekend was truly the last for the West Village institution. A tipster reports that on Saturday, a horde of brunch hopefuls amassed outside the door. The staff, however, was only letting in regulars. Our tipster, a regular, said the atmosphere was moribund as the whole Shopsin family sat in a booth looking forlorn.The closing, it seems, wasn't rent-related; rather, the pressure and pace of catering to so many diners caught up with the family. So where next? A booth in the Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side is the plan. Opening in a few months, it will consist of "a sandwich stand and maybe a counter," says Gridskipper—an odd next chapter for a true neighborhood legend.
· Shopsin's RIP [Gridskipper via Eater]
· Shopsin's Lease Up for Sale [Curbed]