The mob connection apparently ran deeper than just a depiction on the HBO series “The Sopranos” for Satin Dolls, the real-world New Jersey club that served as the setting for the Bada Bing! go-go bar on the mob show. USA Today reports that authorities have taken steps to shut down the club.
“In a case of reality imitating art, state authorities said Satin Dolls’ liquor license must be sold or transferred and live entertainment must cease, because the business is being run by a convicted racketeer who conspired with the Genovese crime family,” the story reports.
In a release announcing the action, state Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said: “Illegal activity was glorified at the ‘Bada Bing’ in the fictional world of Tony Soprano, but it has no place in modern-day New Jersey.”
USA Today adds: “Authorities with the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control contend Anthony Cardinalle, whose family owns Satin Dolls, has continued to run the business despite being criminally disqualified from doing so.
“Cardinalle pleaded guilty to federal income tax evasion in 1995 for not reporting cash payments from “gentlemen’s clubs” in which he held undisclosed interests, authorities said. He also pleaded guilty in 2013 to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit extortion, after authorities said he participated in a scheme by the Genovese crime family related to the waste-disposal industry in New Jersey and New York.”
The Lodi, N.J., club reportedly has until Jan. 3 to either sell or transfer its liquor license to a third party, and live entertainment has been ordered shut down by Dec. 17.