Back in the day, way, way back, my mother and I went to Shopsin's. Blondie was sitting and eating in the window booth in its former location on Bedford. We went in, sat down and ordered.
Or rather we tried to order. I asked for pancakes. One of the points of Shopsin's was the ridic menu, everything, anything, all day, every day.
Except this day.
The waitress came back and told us that the Chef [Mr. Shopsin] didn't want to make pancakes. Nor did he want to serve us. And in fact, could we please leave now. My mother and I looked at each other, stunned. My mother fumed; I wanted to crawl under the table. We left the resto in a huff, which was empty mind you, and never went back.
So yes, now they're finally closing. It may have taken 20 years for bad karma to reach them but good riddance Shopsin's.