Shopsin's General Store, a cramped, worn, tchotchke-stuffed corner diner in New York's West Village—with a menu some 900 items long—was an improbable paradise for foodies made famous by Calvin Trillin (who appears briefly in the film). Irascible chef-owner Kenny Shopsin and his mellow wife, Eve, were neighborhood fixtures, erstwhile hippies dishing fusion cuisine at deli prices, treating their local fans like family while rejecting tourists and other outsiders. Shooting handheld with a Sony 150 PDA, director Matt Mahurin catches everything from the restaurateur's unconventional cooking methods to his rants on myriad topics (houseflies, terrorists, therapy). This quirky 2004 documentary ends with the Shopsins' forced relocation after 32 years, an uprooting made all the more poignant by Eve's death during filming. 78 min.
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