Lower East Siders who have gotten used to Kenny Shopsin’s bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches, and the little white boxes they come in, will likely be upset with this news: Shopsin’s General Store, the famous West Village landmark that moved to the Essex Street Market a month ago, has closed for a few weeks in order to get in shape for a more legitimate customer base.
After a long and storied tenure, Shopsin’s closed on Carmine Street in December. Since mid-February, Mr. Shopsin has been cooking up fare at the market located on Essex Street, between Rivington and Delancey. The foul-mouthed chef teamed up with his neighbor at the market, Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheesemongers; she’s been taking orders and acting as Mr. Shopsin’s cashier.
Shopsin’s had consisted of little more than a few office chairs and a sink, so an upgrade was going to be necessary. The short-order spot will reopen in the same place, but no word yet on exactly how long the neighborhood will be without Shopsin’s famous Frito Pie. Once the grills are turned back on, The Real Estate will let you know.
– Mark Wellborn