Robert Plotnik, the legendary titular owner of New York’s iconic record shop Bleecker Bob’s, has died.
Plotnik had become well-known in the music industry due to the unbridled success of the shop, and, famously, Bob’s became a plot point in a 1993 episode of Seinfeld.
The news of his death was confirmed by close friend and store partner Jennifer Kitzer. According to reports, Plotnik’s health had been deteriorating following a stroke he suffered a number of years ago.
“RIP to Bleecker Bob, a true legend on the NYC record store scene and probably the most singular character among that very idiosyncratic bunch,” NYC/Brooklyn store Academy Records wrote in tribute. “I first got to know Bob and his wisecracking sarcasm as a teenager in the late 70s as I soiled my fingers flipping through his grimy reused record sleeves.
“I also quickly learned that he loved an equal dose of sarcasm in return and our interactions were some of my first tastes of what it meant to be a real New Yorker. When I first opened my store in 2001 it was a real badge of honor when he came to check it out and told me it didn’t suck too bad. Catch ya on the B side..”
Below, you’ll find the Seinfeld reference: