'Sopranos' Jersey Icon Whacked

Tony's Satriale's torn down to make way for condos
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2007 6:58 AM CST
Actor James Gandolfini, left, is madeup for his role as Tony Soprano prior to shooting a scene from the mafia drama, "The Sopranos," outside the fictional Satriale's pork store in Kearny, N.J., on March...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A "Sopranos" landmark has been demolished to make way for a New Jersey condo development that will be called—what else?—The Soprano. Satriale's, the Kearny pork store where mob boss Tony Soprano held countless espresso-fueled sitdowns, is now an empty lot littered with rocks and roped off with chains, reports the Star-Ledger.

"There's a great deal of sentimentality, but the store was something they created," said the property owner who leased his empty building to HBO. "When they were gone it went back to being an empty store. It was pretty hideous looking." He placated outraged Sopranos fans by selling the bricks as souvenirs for up to $50 apiece.