By Linh Bui

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A popular restaurant owner, well-known in the community, passed away.

Linh Bui has a look at his life and career.

Blueberry pancakes, sweet potato fries, and chicken and waffles are staples at Miss Shirley’s, a successful local restaurant chain.

On Saturday, founder and owner Edward “Eddie” Dopkin passed away.

According to WJZ’s media partner, “The Baltimore Sun,” he died at Sinai Hospital after a battle with leukemia.

He was 61.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake released a statement. It read, in part: “My heart aches at hearing the news of Eddie Dopkin’s passing. As a result of his vision and strong entrepreneurship, Miss Shirley’s Cafe is now a Baltimore landmark.”

Dopkin named the restaurant after an employee and personal friend, and it spawned a very popular food truck.

Two years ago, WJZ talked to him about competing to be on the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.”

“There’s lot of positive things about being in Baltimore. And this could be one more way to put our name across the country,” he said.

Dopkin’s name was well-known around Baltimore. Other restaurants he owned included Roland Park Bagel Company and Alonso’s.

His mouth-watering dishes drew long lines, and his legacy lives on through the food he loved to make.

Miss Shirley’s opened in 2005 in Roland Park. There are now two other locations in the Inner Harbor and Annapolis.

Dopkin will be laid to rest Monday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. at Sol Levinson and  Brothers Funeral Home in Pikesville.

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