The New Jersey strip club featured as the seedy hangout on HBO’s “The Sopranos” went bust in real-life over the weekend
Satin Dolls in Lodi was forced to sideline its naked ladies — and cease all other live “entertainment” — under a court order that shutters the jiggle joint for allegedly hiding money from the state, sources said Monday.
The strip club on Route 17 — which appeared as the “Bada Bing” in the hit mobster series — must either sell or transfer its liquor licenses by Jan. 3, according to a court order filed by state Attorney General Christopher Porrino and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Owners of the nightspot allegedly hid cash from the state and allowed reputed mob associate Anthony “Tony Lodi” Cardinalle to run the place, according to the court order.
“The Cardinalles may have wanted to keep the business in the family, but that’s not how it works. Their continued flouting of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws cannot and will not be tolerated,” said Porrino said in a statement earlier this month.
Cardinalle was barred from running the strip club amid racketeering charges linked to the Genovese crime family illegal waste disposal operation, officials said.
The club legally serve can still serve drinks until Jan. 3. A.J.’s Gentleman Club, which is under the same ownership, will also be forced to shut down by Jan. 3.
On Monday, a rep from Satin Dolls said, “No comment — but, yeah, we’re open.”
The club and its owners were the subject of an investigation by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control for more than six years, according to officials
(New Jersey has weird liquor laws. They only issue so many per town and county. Not like New York where they are no limits on the number of licensed establishments. It is sort of the same thing as taxi medallions in the city. You know. An avenue of graft and corruption.
In the early eighties a friend of mine was one of the first to be very knowledgeable about the internet. We set up a company to make up websites and we approached "Flashdancers" a big club on the West Side to set up an internet presence. A website. Private chats with credit card payments. You know what is standard now.
Everything was cool until we met the real owners. They were "Friends of ours" who wanted everything for nothing. We backed out of the deal. They went on to make a lot of money and get several indictments.
You have to know your limitations.)