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Business is ba-da-booming at Holsten’s — home of Tony Soprano’s last meal

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Business is ba-da-booming at Holsten’s, the Bloomfield, NJ confectionery that served as the setting for Tony Soprano’s last meal and the controversial “cut-to-black” climax of the iconic HBO series.

The buzz for “The Many Saints of Newark” movie prequel has diehard fans flocking to the old-school ice-cream parlor/restaurant, scarfing up souvenir “Sopranos” T-shirts and ordering onion rings like Tony did in the June 10, 2007 finale.

“I had to to sit in Tony’s booth, in Tony’s spot and I had to get the onion rings!” gushed uber-fan Joey Ruotolo, a 25-year-old Orange County, Calif., resident who hails from Lodi and was in town visiting family.

Ruotolo, who boasted he’s on his “13th run-through” of the hit HBO series (“I’m on Season Five”), devoured a burger Friday night with fellow fanatic, Dominic Peteroy, 35, of Teaneck. “I’m a fan of the burger, the fries. … everything is incredible. … I’m having the biggest fangirl moment ever,” Ruotolo quipped.

Joey Ruotolo and Dominic Peteroy Sopranos fans
Sopranos superfans Joey Ruotolo (left) and Dominic Peteroy made sure to sit in Tony’s booth at the restaurant.
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Ruotolo attended Wednesday night’s prequel premiere at The Beacon Theatre and agreed with The Post that the blood-soaked movie is to die for. Ruotolo and Peteroy felt like made men after being seated in the legendary booth, which sports an inoperable jukebox. Behind the jukebox, attached to the booth is a plaque that declares in bold, block letters: “THIS BOOTH RESERVED FOR THE SOPRANO FAMILY.”

“The magic is back! The customers are here, they are back!” rhapsodized Holsten’s manager Karl Schneider, 38.

Staffers and co-owner Chris Carley said the momentum has been building over the past six weeks due to the prequel promos and they expect a mob scene come Oct. 1, when “The Many Saints” opens in theaters and on HBO Max. T-shirts are “selling like hotcakes,” up to two dozen a day, Schneider said.

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Fans of the show always ask at what booth the famous “fade-to-black” scene was filmed.
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Server Stephanie Schneider, 39, the wife of manager Karl, said patrons pepper her with questions all day regarding the location of the infamous Soprano seating — middle row, third booth — and want her take on the evocative ending.

The response: Omerta.

“I never give my opinion. It went to black to keep us all guessing and that’s the fun of it. Everyone has their own theory” on whether Tony lived or died, she said.

Holsten’s has another closeup in the prequel, but its role — like the first time around — is anybody’s guess. For the final episode, “they said they just wanted to shoot a scene. We just went along. We didn’t ask a lot of questions. And then we heard it was the final scene,” Carley said.

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Co-owners of Holsten’s Ron Stark (left) and Chris Carley have seen an uptick in business recently.
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For “Many Saints,” film crews twice descended on Holsten’s, pre-pandemic and post-pandemic, for scenes outside and at the counter with Michael Gandolfini — the late James Gandolfini’s son, who plays young Tony — Carley said.

When Galdolfini died of a heart attack in Italy in June 2013, the proprietor paid a touching tribute to the late actor by placing a “Reserved” sign in the famous booth. The table “turned into a bit of a shrine” for two weeks. “People were leaving notes, pictures and stuff like that,” Carley said. He packed up the tributes, which were ultimately presented to Michael Gandolfini, who is an occasional customer, and “he was very taken back by it.”

As for the late James Gandolfini, who died way too young at 51, Carley called him, “Very, very friendly, willing to take pictures, an all-around nice guy.”

Tony’s table has retained its star power.

The booth made famous by the final episode of The Sopranos at Holsten's Ice Cream and Restaurant
The booth turned into a place of tribute to Gandolfini in the weeks after his death.
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“It’s 14 years since the show ended and there’s still a great amount of interest,” Carley said. “People come in and they want to know which booth was it. They call up and they say they want to reserve the Soprano booth on Friday night. ‘It’s my friend, it’s his birthday and he’s a huge Sopranos fan.’ It’s kept a life of its own and the movie has just brought it back into the mainstream.”

The 2007 finale has also made a star of Holsten’s onion rings. Frozen onion rings.

“Of all the things they could have picked. … We are known for our ice cream,” Carley explained. “David Chase wanted a bowl of onion rings. That’s what he got. All of a sudden, instead of selling two cases a week of onion rings, we’re selling 12 cases a week.”

People dining at Holsten's Ice Cream and Restaurant
Fans have been scooping up souvenir T-shirts in addition to eating at Holsten’s.
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Karl Schneider marveled at the diner’s growing mystique.

“People say, ‘What’s the greatest thing about Holsten’s? Is it the candy, the burgers, the ice cream?’ I say, no, it’s that door. You’re able to travel back in time. … This place is magic.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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